Inequality in UK higher ed access greater than previously thought

January 12, 2016

The gulf between the privileged and underprivileged in university entry rates in the UK is wider than previously thought, and according to a new government analysis, all progress in closing it has stalled. The report shows that those students identified as “the most privileged” may be three times more likely to attend higher education than those identified as the “least privileged,” in contrast to the 2.5 times suggested by previous figures. One vital gap addressed by the new research is the fact that prior numbers had not given significant attention to gender or ethnicity. According to the study, 45% of the most privileged group were enrolled in university, compared to 14% of the least privileged group. Times Higher Education | Report