Richard Vaughan mentions Sutton Trust research on student mobility in an article for The i.
Moving away to study for a degree is increasingly the preserve of “white, middle class, privately educated young people”, experts have warned. Poorer students are more than three times as likely to live at home while studying as an undergraduate than their wealthier peers, according to research. It comes as the issue of student finance is under intense scrutiny, with Theresa May last week appearing to buckle under public pressure and pledging to take action on the cost of university tuition fees.
Commuters or movers The study, published by the Sutton Trust, uses official data to examine whether students who went to university were “commuters” (stayed at the family home) or “movers” (lived away from home). It found that overall in 2014/15, more than half (55.8 per cent) of young people stayed local for university, attending institutions that were less than around 55 miles away from their home address.
“Only one in 10 students attend a university over 150 miles from home, and those that do are socially, ethnically and geographically distinct groups,” the study says. Over three times more students from the lowest social class group commute from home, compared with the highest social class, 44.9 per cent compared with 13.1 per cent respectively.
“In contrast, leaving home and attending a distant university is too often the preserve of white, middle class, privately educated young people,” the research concludes. T
he report is published at the start of another turbulent week for the higher education sector, as university strikes entered a second week over pension contributions. On Monday, four more universities joined the more than 60 institutions already involved in industrial action, which is due to last until Wednesday when a major rally in central London will take place.