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Lindsay McIntosh covered Access in Scotland in the Scottish editions of The Times The “shocking” class divide in access to Scotland’s universities has been revealed by a new report that shows abolishing tuition fees has done nothing to close the gap. The detailed research shows that Scottish 18-year-olds from the most well-off areas are still… Read more »

University challenge

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The Times reported our Degrees of Debt research University graduates in England incur the largest student debts in the English-speaking world, an education charity has claimed. According to the Sutton Trust, graduates leave with loans of about £44,000, more even that average debts in the United States, where fees vary from £6,600 at state universities… Read more »

Schools biased against poor

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Nicola Woolcock reported on our Caught Out brief for The Times State schools are selecting middle-class children by using overly complicated admissions criteria, experts say. Hundreds of thousands of families will find out on Monday if they have the primary school place of their choice. About 1 in 10 missed out last year. Poorer families… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl had a letter in The Times on the Chancellor’s plans The government is right to bring in an extended school day. Our research shows that disadvantaged pupils can make two and a half months’ additional progress through targeted use of such programmes; attendance and behaviour also improve. I hope these proposals will… Read more »

Fraction of top doctors educated at state school

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Greg Hurst wrote a front page report for The Times on our Leading People 2016 report Only a sixth of senior doctors and one in ten leading barristers were educated at comprehensive schools, an analysis has found. Access to prestigious jobs has barely improved in a generation, with the proportion of privately educated professionals changing… Read more »

Law firms’ preferred universities

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Grania Langdon-Down for The Times shares how eight out of ten trainees at the the UK’s leading law firms went to Russell Group universities Eight out of ten trainees at the the UK’s leading law firms went to Russell Group universities, according to a new survey of 2,300 trainees published exclusively in Student Law today. Oxbridge… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl was quoted by Francis Elliott in his coverage of the latest Social Mobility Commission report Affluent cities such as Oxford and Cambridge are among the worst at helping poorer children to realise their full potential, an official report will reveal today. The latest social mobility rankings show that better-off areas have joined… Read more »

Greg Hurst reported for The Times on our personal statements research. Teenagers applying to university are given such bad advice that it can harm their chances of being offered a place, a study suggests. Research by the Sutton Trust, an education charity, found that teachers had little or no clue of what admissions tutors at… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl looked to the continent in a comment piece for The Times’ ‘Elite Apprenticeships’ supplement. Working for Siemens in Germany in the late Seventies I was struck by one stark difference with Britain: apprentices were as valued and valuable as university graduates. Culturally, they enjoyed the respect not only of employers, but of parents,… Read more »