They found that the chance of poorer students of university age in 1976 gaining a degree was four percentage points lower than those from families on average wages. The gap increased to nine percentage points by 1998.
The expansion of universities in the 1980s and 90s benefited well-off families more than students from disadvantaged backgrounds, say Bristol university researchers.
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