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 in their studies and to pursue rewarding careers. This is not happening.
The proportion of students in graduate-level employment or further study soon after the end of their degrees is four percentage points lower for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds than for those from the least, three points lower for those with a disability than for those without, and five and two points lower for black and Asian students than for white students. These disparities persist even when entry grades and subject choice are accounted for.
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