Fall in top universities places for most well-off pupils

Posted: 12th January 2023

Figures released by Ucas reveal that teenagers from the most affluent areas saw the biggest drop in places at Russell Group universities last year. Analysis by the university admissions service showed that overall, the number of 18-year-olds who won a place at so-called “higher tariff” universities fell by almost 12,000 to 91,190. Those from the most advantaged areas, defined as postcodes in the top fifth for rate of young people entering higher education, made up more than a third, or 4,350, of the reduction in places. Meanwhile, teenagers from areas defined as the least advantaged by the postcode analysis saw the number of places fall by 865. Despite this, 18-year-olds from the most affluent areas still dominated Russell Group admissions, winning 40,515 places. Relative to the overall population of teenagers from affluent areas, 23.2% got a place, down from 26.3%. Those from the least affluent areas won 7,100 places, a 10.9% fall on the previous year.

Source: Telegraph e-paper (pressreader.com)

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