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University diversity goals ‘have failed’

Plans to improve diversity in the UK’s higher education establishments over recent years have not been particularly successful, it has been claimed.

A study carried out by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Essex University has revealed that over the last 15 years there has been just a five per cent rise in the number of young people attending university from working-class backgrounds.

Between 1997 and 2013, the figures show there has been an increase in the number of individuals aged between 22 and 34 years old who hold a degree in the UK from 25.7 per cent to 34.3 per cent.

However, the data revealed that the majority of this increase has come from individuals who at the age of 14 had parents working in managerial or professional roles, meaning government plans to promote higher education to a wider cross-section of society have not been as successful as ministers would have liked.

Report co-author Professor Peter Elias of Warwick University noted the findings reflect a change in UK society over the last 40 years, where more individuals are being employed in white-collar jobs and there has been a decline in manual professions, which may account for some of the findings.

via Taylor Vinters.


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