- Further education—access all areas?
- More pupils from state schools will go to Oxford University this autumn than at any other time in the last 40 years. Is there any information regarding the socio-economic backgrounds of these pupils?
- What are the elite universities doing at present to ensure they accept pupils from a wider range of backgrounds? Have these measures been successful?
- Are more pupils from ethnic and minority backgrounds attending university?
- A recent research study by King’s College London suggests that the south-east region of the UK sends nearly 50% more students to Oxbridge universities compared to the national average. Is there a geographical problem with access to higher education?
- The study mentions a subset of ‘elite’ state schools based in the south-east. How have these schools managed to ensure so many students have access to top universities? Do they receive additional funding?
Local Government analysis: Liz Thomas, independent researcher and consultant for higher education, Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University and Visiting Professor of Academic Development at Staffordshire University, examines the issues and influences surrounding access to further education.
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