The Telegraph is reporting that a Russell Group university is to offer free tuition for disadvantaged A-level students in a bid to boost diversity.
The University of Birmingham has already dropped its entry requirements for children on its Access to Birmingham scheme, by making them offers two grades lower than the norm.
Despite this, only a third (36 per cent) of students on the programme achieve their grades, meaning that places set aside for disadvantaged children often end up being re-allocated to their more affluent peers.
It is the latest university to announce radical new steps to try and increase its intake of students from deprived backgrounds, as Vice Chancellors come under increasing pressure from the Government to improve access
“Every year there are a significant number who don’t achieve their offer,” said Gail Rothnie, head of outreach at the University of Birmingham.
“There are a large number of students who don’t meet their predicted grades. We want to do our part to help students meet their offers. For students from more advantaged backgrounds, their family may well be paying for tutors.”
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