Education response

43194 words 173 pages
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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A climate of fiscal constraint, a cap on student
numbers and a big increase in tuition fees are
significant new headwinds which universities now
face in making further progress on widening
participation and fair access. Clearly government
policy is a major influence here – and I examine
its role in the final chapter of this report – but
universities themselves will need to redouble their
efforts if a university place is to be genuinely open
to all those with talent and potential. Indeed, my
primary focus in this report is on what universities
themselves can contribute to making Britain more
socially mobile.

Both sides agree that access to university remains
inequitable. They both share the goal of making
access to university classless, so that those with
potential, irrespective of background, get the
places they deserve. The difference between
them lies in how best to do so. Should the focus
primarily be on schools, supported by university
outreach activity? Or should university admissions
also play a part? The answer in this report is that
both approaches are needed if participation is
to be wide and access is to be fair. It argues that
every university should seek to do more to widen
participation and

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