Commenting on the latest UCAS figures, Sutton Trust CEO Dr Lee Elliot Major said:

“It is very worrying to see that university applications from the most disadvantaged young people remain low – and in the case of boys –  actually falling. It is vital that universities improve their outreach to such potential students, and that good career-focused alternatives including more advanced and higher apprenticeships are available for those who don’t want to go to university.”

The Sutton Trust’s response was covered by the Guardian.


  1. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 200 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.
  2. UCAS full figures from ‘UK application rates by the January deadline’ are published

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