Gap between richest and poorest accessing university widens

The gap between the richest and the poorest students going to university has widened, according to new figures.

Statistics from the university admissions body Ucas show the percentage of people from the richest backgrounds going into higher education is increasing at a faster rate compared to those from the poorest.

Since 2014, the number of young people from the most deprived areas going to university has increased by 0.8%.Those from the richest backgrounds saw their chances of success increasing by more than three times that, 2.6%.

The figures show four in ten people from wealthier areas are able to access university while just one in ten from the most deprived backgrounds gain entry. Read More