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A progress report by the
Independent Reviewer on
Social Mobility and Child Poverty

October 2012

University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility A progress report by the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty October 2012

University Challenge:
How Higher Education Can
Advance Social Mobility

Contents

Foreword and summary

1

Chapter 1

Introduction

11

Chapter 2

Access all areas

19

Chapter 3

Making the grade

27

Chapter 4

Getting ready – reaching out to potential applicants

33

Chapter 5

Getting in – university admissions

45

Chapter 6

Staying in – student retention

59

Chapter 7

Getting on – student
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Today there are 2.5 million. That expansion provided a benign backdrop for efforts to widen the social make-up of those participating in higher education. From the mid- to the late 2000s the gap between the higher education participation rates of people living in the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged areas narrowed, both in proportional terms and percentage point terms.
As the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) found, it is likely that this is the first time in our country’s history this has ever happened. It is a remarkable achievement. 2

University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility

Today, however, the most advantaged 20% of young people are still seven times more likely to attend the most selective universities than the 40% most disadvantaged. Access to university remains inequitable. There is a strong correlation between social class and the likelihood of going to university generally and to the top universities particularly.
Four private schools and one college get more of their students into Oxbridge than the combined efforts of 2,000 state schools and colleges. So there is a long way to go. Worse still, the progress of recent years is now at risk.

widen access to ensure greater diversity in their student populations. Those on the equity side of the argument conclude that progress can only be made if universities take account of broader social
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