Universities across the UK are offering free tutoring for disadvantaged school children in order to improve diversity in higher education. 35 higher education institutions, including Leeds, Birmingham, Worcester and Hertfordshire universities, are using part their budget from widening participation to pay online tuition for GCSE and A-level students. Some A-level students will have received offers from universities already, and the extra tuition helps to ensure they make the grades. Universities hope that extra tuition will assist GCSE students in having higher aspirations and attainment, so that pupils can better progress to higher education. MyTutor, an online tutoring service, will be providing the tuition. James Grant, co-founder of the site, said that the number of universities that are now paying for school children’s tuition represents a shift in their approach to widen access to higher education. Read More.