Socialist Worker

University admissions favour rich

Issue No. 2276

A new review of the university admissions process reveals that rich students and private school pupils have an unfair advantage.

The review, published by admissions service Ucas on Monday of this week, argues that young people whose families are familiar with the application process do better.

Those with teachers confident enough to fight their corner with admissions tutors are also more likely to succeed.

The review recommends various changes to level the playing field—such as making universities judge students by their final grades instead of their predicted grades.

But as the government seeks to increase the role of competition in both schools and universities, the divide is only likely to grow.

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