University divide

3rd July 2009 at 01:00

Pupils from rich backgrounds are still twice as likely to go to university than those from the poorest homes, official figures showed today. Only 2.9 per cent more young people from poor backgrounds are going compared with five years ago, say figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis).

However, the gap has narrowed by seven percentage points since 2002-03, and 3.3 percentage points since 2005-06.

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