Classless society? Extra cash proposed for universities who take on poorer students
18th October 2012
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There has been a widespread spread consensus that university is a vehicle for social mobility. A social mover, a stepping stone, for which students from poorer backgrounds can achieve better things. Alan Milburn, the government’s social mobility adviser, believes universities are so important to social mobility that he has proposed that they should be offered financial incentives for admitting students from less well-off backgrounds. He argues that students from the worst areas should be given substantive leeway on their A-level grades. In his report, though Milburn recognises improvements have been made, he argues that "When you look at who gets into university, the pool of talent is currently limited because of three gaps: between private and state schools, better off students and worse off ones, and between kids who study key subjects and those who don't. If access to university is to be genuinely classless, there needs to be progress in closing each of those gaps."
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