New report calls on universities to take radical steps to make higher education accessible for all

A collection of action points for the new Office for Students released by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Reaching the parts of society universities have missed: A manifesto for the new Director of Fair Access and Participation contains the views of 35 leading thinkers from academia, university administration, Parliament, think tanks and the media. Read More


University costs working-class students more, says NUS report

Sally Weale of The Guardian reports. Working-class students are penalised by a “poverty premium”, often paying higher costs to continue studying in a university environment in which they may feel isolated and as though they do not belong, according to a report. Research for the National Union of Students finds that student expenditure routinely outstrips Read More


Wealthy, white students still do best at university. We must close the gap.

Perspective from Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, published in The Guardian. Universities have been making progress on opening their doors to students from underrepresented backgrounds. But getting in is not enough – getting on is important too. Students from underrepresented groups deserve an equal opportunity to succeed Read More


Unpaid internships and living costs ‘prevent’ social mobility

Unpaid internships, combined with rising living costs, are shutting less-advantaged youngsters out of many careers, a social mobility study says. The Sutton Trust estimates that 40% of 70,000 internships undertaken annually are unpaid – but young workers need a minimum of £1,019 per month to live in London and £827 in Manchester. It has backed Read More


Oxbridge ‘failing to address diversity’, David Lammy says

Oxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, with data obtained by freedom of information requests that showed that as many as 16 Oxbridge colleges failed to offer any places to black British applicants in 2015, the most recent Read More

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Untalented rich still earn more, says Greening

The BBC reports. Low-ability youngsters from wealthy families go on to earn more money than their more gifted, poorer counterparts, Education Secretary Justine Greening has said to a Social Mobility Commission event. Children from high-income backgrounds who show low academic ability at age five are 35% more likely to become high earners than poorer peers Read More

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Social mobility: Class pay gap found in UK professions

BBC’s Katherine Sellgren reports on recent findings from the Social Mobility Commission. Research carried out by academics from the London School of Economics and University College London found that UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less on average each year than those from more affluent families. The 17% average pay gap highlighted how Read More


Universities told to help poor find jobs

Greg Hurst of the Times reports. Social mobility champion and commission chairman, Alan Milburn, informed the Bridge Group that advances in broadening university intakes had been too incremental. Milburn suggested that current projections estimate it would take 50 years to close the gap in participation rates between rich and poor students. He further advocated for Read More