A record number of students from the lowest socioeconomic areas are entering top universities, but students of higher socioeconomic status are still six times more likely to be enrolled and their record were also at an all time high last year, according to equalities data from UCAS.
Research shows that since 2012, there has been a 67 percent increment in the number of poorer students enrolled in leading institutions, and that the ratio has narrowed from 7.6 times in 2011.
However, across 132 UK universities, there were only 132,740 applications from the most disadvantaged students compared with 412,290 applications among the richest students by the end of June deadline.
The data follows a report by education charity the Sutton Trust in December revealed that bright students of lower socioeconomic status were more inclined to be predicted A-level grades lower than their eventual grade. This is because they were less likely to get help with their personal statements, according to the study by De Gill Wyness of the UCL institute of Education. This also means that these students are expected to apply for less selective degree courses.
A Sutton Trust study last year led by academics at Durham and Warwick put forward that lowering of entry tariffs for disadvantaged students based their background can lead to an increase in 50 percent enrollment among top courses. The figures account for 132 universities across the UK and are intended to help universities evaluate their performance in broadening participation.
Despite so, these data also reflected the large inequalities existing between the groups entering higher education generally and at individual tertiary institutions.
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