Young People from Deprived Backgrounds: Access to Higher Education

Part of Education – in the House of Commons on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)

Under our Government, disadvantaged 18-year-olds in England are now 82% more likely to go to university than in 2010. We want universities to play an even greater role in improving access for those who are disadvantaged, however, so we are asking them to raise standards in schools and colleges; offer flexible and skills-based courses; tackle drop-out rates; and support students throughout university and on to graduation.