The Telegraph is claiming that many of Britain’s top academic institutions have been left angered after being told that universities must double the number of disadvantaged students they admit…
Admissions watchdog, the Office for Fair Access, wants to see the number of poorer students reach 40,000 in the next five years and is urging elite universities to do more to widen their intake.
It admits the plans are “ambitious” but says “faster progress” needs to be made towards equality, according to the Times.
However some elite universities reacted angrily to the proposals, claiming they can “only do so much” if students do not meet the grades.
The highest number of students from poorer backgrounds went to university in 2011 when a record 22,000 attended. Yet middle-class youngsters are still seven times more likely to go to a top university than their poorer peers…
See also from the Times: Universities told to double intake of poor students (subscription may be required)
The universities suggest they cannot take on more students from poorer backgrounds because they aren’t getting the grades. Is this acceptable or do alternative approaches – such as more variety in offers depending on individual applicants circumstances – need to be introduced?
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