UCU calls for change on university access after Sutton Trust report

Eight schools and colleges sent as many pupils to Oxford or Cambridge over three years as three-quarters (2,900) of all schools and colleges, according to a new report released today.

Responding to the “Access to Advantage” Sutton Trust report, which also found high-flying pupils from state schools were less likely to apply Oxbridge, the UCU said that universities should make better use of contextual data in the admissions process and students needed much better access to good information, advice and guidance (IAG) when applying to university.

UCU head of policy and campaigns Matt Waddup said: “If we are to ensure young people are given the best chance of fulfilling their potential then we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them. Universities need to help students from backgrounds and schools that don’t traditionally apply to some universities by looking at contextual data.

“We must ensure that pupils are getting the very best advice and guidance at school. This report demonstrates that many talented youngsters will never get into some universities simply because nobody is pushing them to consider applying to them.”

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