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Russell Group students dominate Erasmus scheme

More than half of the UK students who took part in Erasmus in 2010-2011 come from just 20 universities, most of which are Russell Group institutions.

Nearly 13,000 British students took part in the mobility scheme last year, according to the latest figures, the highest number since it was started in 1987.

However, of the 26 universities that sent more than 200 students abroad, only eight were not members of the Russell Group.

Of the non-Russell Group members, four were from the 1994 Group and only two – Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Portsmouth – were post-1992 institutions.

The figures may raise concerns that the scheme is “too middle-class” – echoing the findings of a House of Lords sub-committee report on European higher education, published in March, which said that students from low-income families struggled to access the scheme.

via Times Higher Education – Russell Group students dominate Erasmus scheme.

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