11p Beer, Lava Lamps and Ceefax: The Evolution of Students, 1970s - Now
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To celebrate the mass of eager freshers starting their first weeks of independent life, student insurance provider Endsleigh has created an animated graphic revealing some of the biggest changes in student lifestyle over the past five decades. The graphic uncovers the mammoth rise in students across the UK - London now contains more students than the UK’s countrywide average in the early 70s, for example, as does Yorkshire. From handwritten essays to the evolution of Ceefax and the cost of beer, the graphic also highlights key shifts in student living, from fashion and music, to social life and gadgets as well as revealing the phenomenal change in the cost of higher education. Some key facts include:
- A leap from 621,000 students attending university in 1970/71 compared to 1.9 million in 2011/12.
- University was free to all in the 70s and 80s, but now costs an average of £21,000 – with prices reaching £32,000 in some cases for a three year Bachelor’s degree.
- In the Noughties, teenagers from the poorest families in England were 50% more likely to go to university than they were in the 80s.
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