29th Oct 2015
Black and ethnic minority students at the University of Oxford
White applicants to the University of Oxford from the UK are twice as likely to be accepted as black applicants.
Higher education: a white, middle-class affair?
74% of UK students who began their first UK university degree in 2016/17 were white, but white students are the least likely ethnic group to enter higher education.
Where do UK applicants to Oxford University come from?
Oxford University students are most likely to be from Greater London.
Student ‘debts’ aren’t really debts
Politicians were accused of misrepresenting students’ finance options - so how does it work?
Tuition fees and access to higher education
How have rising tuition fees affected the number of people going to university, and has it put off those from disadvantaged backgrounds?
About 17% of students are forecast to fully pay back their loans
About 83% of graduates will probably see some of their debt written off.
Spending for adult skills fell by 40% between 2010 and 2015
This funding pays for “further education” such as classroom and workplace learning for people aged 19 and over.
Social mobility and universities
We looked at the proportion of private school pupils going to Oxford and getting top jobs and the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds going to university.
Has the number of people starting apprenticeships fallen?
Yes. Apprenticeship starts in May to July this year were 59% lower than in the same period last year.
Who's right on disadvantaged young people at university?
Most recent data suggests disadvantaged students may be beginning to lose ground in higher education - but it's too soon to read too much into it.
Comparisons between disadvantaged English and Scottish students are tricky
Students from a disadvantaged background in Scotland are roughly half as likely to go to university as those from England. That said, comparing the figures for Scotland and England is tricky.
Student debt: what did Labour say?
Jeremy Corbyn didn’t commit to abolishing student debt before the last election, although he did say he would “deal with” the high debts of graduates and was looking at ways to do so.
What’s been the impact of higher tuition fees on disadvantaged students going to university?
Higher tuition fees don’t seem to have affected the longer-term trend of more disadvantaged students going to university.
More young people are going to university
The number and proportion of young people, including disadvantaged students, attending university is now increasing.
Are more working class students dropping out of university?
The proportion of first time UK students from disadvantaged areas leaving higher education during or after the first year of their degree in England is at its highest level for five years.
Have university applicant numbers fallen in 2017?
The total number of people applying to higher education in the UK this year (as of the final June 2017 deadline) is down 4% compared to last year.
£100 billion: the cost of writing off student debt?
The true ‘additional’ cost of a policy to write off current student loans, compared to the amount the government already ‘writes off’ from unpaid loans, would be lower than this.
Are university applications falling in the UK?
University applications by disadvantaged students haven’t fallen in the last few years.
Young people's participation in higher education
On all UCAS measures, young students from disadvantaged groups in England are more likely to go to university now than any other year on record.
What is the gap in university applications for the most and least advantaged in Scotland?
There are two ways to look at this. Whether the claim is correct depends on whether you look at university entry rates or university application rates.
Are poor Scots half as likely to get into university as poor English pupils?
In last week’s BBC Question Time Fraser Nelson claimed that there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor in Scottish education. We looked into it.
Half a million fewer men accepted to university than women
Between 2007 and 2016 half a million fewer men than women living in the UK have been accepted to UK universities. The figure was just over half a million if you look at acceptances from anywhere in the world.
Are white, working class boys the least likely to go to university?
Less well-off white boys in England are, on average, less likely to attend university than minority ethnic groups, according to research.