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.

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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.

The average Oxford student has to pay over £2 million for education and almost twice that for personality realignment treatments

The average Oxford student has to pay over £2 million for education and almost twice that for personality realignment treatments

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.


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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.