Revealed: Top ten unis for privately educated students
Shocking statistics show that Russell Group full of pony-owning, gilet-wearing poshos
New figures have revealed an increase in the number of state school admissions nationwide, but also a marked divide between top universities, with Russell Group institutions ranking top for swing both towards and against state schoolers.
The figures, released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, have a few unsurprising results.
Oxford are top, as usual; their 57.4% of state school admissions represents a slight decrease in both number and percentage from last year. Two others – Bristol and St. Andrew’s – were below 60%.
However, two other unis who were in that category last year not only moved out of it, but put up nation-leading numbers with their change from the last year.
Cambridge had 63.0% admissions come from state-schoolers – still the fourth-lowest in the nation, but that represents a national-best 5.1% increase from 2011/12.
Similarly, Durham improved from 59.2% to 63.4% – good for the third-biggest increase, behind Manchester.
Top unis continued to be disproportionally private-school – of the ten unis with 70% or lower, nine were Russell Group, with St. Andrew’s the sole exception.
As a whole, the Russell Group took 74.5% of admissions from state schools – an increase of 1.3% – but that came off primarily off the back of a few high-fliers.
The aforementioned three were joined by Nottingham and Leeds to comprise the top-5 increases nationally.
At the other end, several saw big falls. Oxford, Bristol and Liverpool all dropped slightly, and Edinburgh were the worst in the country – they went from 70.3% to 67.3%, taking them below the likes of Exeter, KCL, and the LSE.
Scottish universities as a whole saw a fall in state school admissions of 1%, taking them down to 86.9% – the worst among the home nations.
The University of Ulster took home the least-posh crown again, with just 0.1% of their students coming from private school. In England, Bolton and Liverpool Hope had less than 1% private-schoolers.
Across the UK, the total proportion of full-time, first-time undergraduates from state schools increased by 0.4%, though 25,000 less were actually admitted as overall admissions fell by 11% nationally, with the vast majority of those coming from England.