UK’s top universities should halve gap between disadvantaged and advantaged students

According to ITV, the UK’s top universities, among them Cambridge, should be halving gaps in the numbers of disadvantaged and advantaged young people taking up degree places in the next five years, a watchdog has said.

The most selective institutions have agreed on tough targets with the Office for Students (OfS) for the next five years as part of attempts to improve access for all would-be students.

Currently, youngsters from the most advantaged areas of England are more than six times as likely as their less advantaged peers to go to one of the most selective institutions in the country, a new analysis by the OfS has found.

Chris Millward, OfS director of fair access and participation, said: “There’s a real issue about capitalising on the talents across all parts of the country.”

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