According to The Independent, the gap in access between poorer and more affluent students at university “remains stark” despite significant investment as there is little evidence on which interventions work best, a new report has warned.
Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank said the sector had failed to establish a programme which clearly boosted the number of disadvantaged students attending universities.
Universities have worked harder to boost attendance of the poorest students, but there is insufficient research on the impact of schemes – like summer schools – on enrolments, the report says.
Susannah Hume, director of TASO, said: “If the higher education sector is serious about improving social mobility, we need to act now to fill the gaps identified in this report and refocus efforts on designing and implementing programmes that are proven to work.”
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