Poorer pupils’ access to elite universities slows

Elite universities are all but failing to increase access for disadvantaged pupils, according to a study published by the public services thinktank Reform. In the past five years, the average annual increase in the proportion of disadvantaged students at each of 29 elite universities has been less than 1 per cent. “According to Ucas, more 18-year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds are entering higher education than ever before, with an increase of 78 per cent since 2006 for the most disadvantaged,” the report states. “Since 2014, however, universities have made little progress in narrowing the gap between those most likely and least likely to enter higher education.” Read More.