MPs attack top universities for failing to open doors to poorest students

“Leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are failing to shed their elitist image, according to a report by MPs which reveals that a £400m drive to encourage people from the poorest backgrounds to go to university has resulted in only a marginal increase in applications. Universities, schools and the government are all blamed for failing to tackle the bias in applications, which means that more than twice the proportion of the richest school leavers go to university compared with those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. A Commons public accounts committee report published today – which has been instantly disputed by ministers – claims the government has failed to track what universities have done with £392m in grants to universities since 2001 to open access to people from different backgrounds …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 26 February]

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