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Race in 21st-century Britain

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Sutton Trust data on elites quoted in an article on difficulties facing BME young people written by Sathnam Sanghera for the Times. Award-winning writer Sathnam Sanghera returns to his home city of Wolverhampton to find out why race still divides Britain – and why we’re scared to talk about it. … According to the Sutton Trust,… Read more »

Bright but poor less likely to get good grades

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Greg Hurst reported for the Times on the Sutton Trust/EPPSE study of bright but disadvantaged students Bright children from poor families are far less likely to get good grades in respected A-level subjects than other teenagers, research by University of Oxford academics indicates. A study tracking thousands of children found that 35 per cent of… Read more »

Higher fees fail to deter students from poor areas

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Greg Hurst quotes Sir Peter Lampl in a Times article on the latest UCAS application data. Universities have received a record number of applications as demand for places rose for the third consecutive year, reversing a dip when fees trebled to £9,000 a year. ……. Numbers of disadvantaged candidates also continued to increase, figures from… Read more »

Welsh teenager fast-tracked to Yale

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Nicola Woolcock reports for The Times on Ellie Atkinson’s success in the Sutton Trust US programme Ellie Atkinson began competing in sport only to make up the numbers in a Welsh schools cross-country race. She came 56th. Spurred on by failure, she began training hard and has now represented her country — and won a… Read more »

Jill Sherman in The Times highlights new Sutton Trust analysis on a North-South access divide Britain’s top universities have been ordered to step up efforts to attract talented pupils from the northern regions and areas of low achievement. Greg Clark, the cities and universities minister, has called on the Russell Group of universities to do much… Read more »

Writing for The Times, Nicola Woolcock reports on the early success of this year’s Sutton Trust US Programme participants. Almost 40 British teenagers, many from lower-income families, have been awarded £5.5 million in financial aid to attend universities in the United States. Two thirds of the students are from households earning less than £25,000 a… Read more »

Oxbridge graduates earn thousands more than peers

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Greg Hurst reports for the Times on the Sutton Trust’s Earning by Degrees report. Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge earn a first salary £3,300 higher than those who studied at other elite universities and £7,600 higher than students at new universities, a study has found. Oxbridge students whose own parents did not go to university… Read more »