Jimmy Nsubuga quotes Sutton Trust Founder, Sir Peter Lampl, in an article for the Metro. 

There’s a North-South divide that exists among courses students are being accepted on to at university. Ucas figures revealed those living in the north of the country were less likely to be made an offer for subjects like medicine, dentistry, business and mathematical sciences, which often lead to high-flying careers.

A PA investigation showed last year 245 students from the North East (4% of all acceptances for the subject) started courses in medicine and dentistry, compared to 1,585 London students (24%).

The gap was even bigger for business and administration, with students in the North East making up only 3% of acceptances (1,445 students), compared to 28% (12,645 students) from London.

If you were planning on taking a mathematical sciences degree in the North East it was also tougher, with 190 acceptances compared 1,520 from the capital. Students from the capital were also more likely to be accepted on to courses in languages and social studies.

Some of the differences could be put down to the fact London has three times as many adults but some activists argued it showed more had to be done to help students in the North East.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, a social mobility charity, said: ‘These figures paint a worrying picture of a consistent and pervasive regional divide in access to university. Talent isn’t dependent on where you grow up, so it’s just not right that your chances of studying certain subjects at university are.

‘We have to do more to widen opportunities for talented teenagers in areas like the North East to access our best universities.’

He suggested universities should start taking into consideration an applicant’s background before accepting them on to a course.


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