New figures published today (17 Dec) by the Department for Education show that the most advantaged pupils were five times more likely to progress to a top university than the most disadvantaged in 2017/18. This shows that minimal progress has been made over the past 8 years – the figure was six times more likely in 2009/10.
Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said:
“Top universities should be engines of social mobility, but today’s statistics show that this is far from a reality.
“£66 million was spent on access and participation last year. But throwing money at the problem isn’t working.
“Greater transparency about how universities are spending access budgets and admissions which consider a student’s background are required.
“If the Prime Minister is serious about closing the opportunity gap and ‘levelling up’ attainment in the country this must be a priority.”
On Friday 15 November, Reform published ‘Access for All? The participation of disadvantaged students at elite universities’. The report ranked the top 29 Universities progress in improving access for disadvantaged students.
The 2019 elite university access rankings are listed below (The figure in brackets signifies the universities position in 2018):
- (4) The University of East Anglia
- (14) The University of Exeter
- (1) London School of Economics and Political Science
- (18) The University of Oxford
- (26) St George’s, UoL
- (5) The University of York
- (9) The University of Warwick
- (11) The University of Leicester
- (3) The University of Sheffield
- (27) The University of Cambridge
- (20) University of Durham
- (16) The University of Bristol
- (2) University of Newcastle
- (10) University of Nottingham
- (25) The University of Manchester
- (13) The University of Surrey
- (8) Loughborough University
- (15) The University of Birmingham
- (23) Imperial College London
- (28) The University of Southampton
- (24) The University of Leeds
- (21) The University of Liverpool
- (6) SOAS
- (22) The University of Lancaster
- (17) The University of Bath
- (12) King’s College London
- (19) Queen Mary, UoL
- (29) University College London
- (7) Royal Holloway, UoL