Universities have agreed to meet a five-year target to increase the number of disadvantaged pupils taking up degree places, Daily Mail is reporting.
An analysis by the OfS suggests there should be 6,500 more students from poorer backgrounds at top universities by 2025. Oxford and Cambridge, however, have refused to expand their total undergraduate numbers, meaning fewer places for better-off pupils.
It has prompted concern from independent schools who said the move could work against the more advantaged and ‘rob’ them of a future.
Oxford has pledged to cut the ratio of most-represented to least-represented groups from around 15 to one to eight to one, while Cambridge has committed to reducing it from around 14 to one to around 6.7 to one.
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