The Independent is reporting that more than six times as any students from London were accepted on to medicine and dentistry university courses than their peers from north-east England, a new damning analysis reveals.
Only 245 students from the North East took up places for medicine and dentistry degrees last autumn, compared to 1,585 from London, Press Association analysis of Ucas data shows.
Across all subjects, five times as many students from London were accepted onto degree courses last year than in the North East – with even starker gaps in mathematical sciences and business.
A social mobility charity has warned that the data of university acceptances in England paints a “worrying picture of a consistent and pervasive regional divide” in university access.
This can be partly explained by variations in population – as London has approximately three times as many adults than in the North East — but the difference is markedly larger in some subjects.
Sir Peter Lampl, founder of social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, said: “These figures paint a worrying picture of a consistent and pervasive regional divide in access to university.
“Talent isn’t dependent on where you grow up, so it’s just not right that your chances of studying certain subjects at university are.”
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said “Schools cannot on their own turn round deeply entrenched disadvantage. These communities also need social and economic programmes which support families and provide more opportunities for secure, well-paid employment. Their young people need to believe they can succeed.”
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