The Times is reporting that increased numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds have obtained university places this year.
The paper is claiming that more than 20,000 have been awarded places, a figure that is up by almost 4 per cent, due, in part, to the lifting on the restriction on the number of places universities can offer.
Les Ebdon, the head of the fair access watchdog Offa is reported encouraging even more to apply through clearing – even if they had not previously considered university and is quoted:
“Higher education could change your life like it did mine, as a teenager from a council estate who was the first in my family to go to university.”
“If you have not yet applied to a higher education course, I urge you to consider doing so using the clearing system. Where you come from should not limit where you go in life, and universities and colleges provide a wide range of financial aid and other support to help you settle in and study.”
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Unfortunately we also know these students tend to have higher drop-out rates too so let’s hope universities are taking appropriate steps to help them through.
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