These are the Russell Group universities with the lowest percentage of state school students

Over a third of Durham students went to private school

In the 2020/21 academic year, 90.2 per cent of new entrants to university attended state school, according to new data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While around 93 per cent of the total UK population go to state school, this is often not reflected at individual universities.

Out of the Russell Group universities, just two institutions were above the national average- Queen’s University Belfast (98.3 per cent) and Queen Mary University, London (92.3 per cent).

At the other end of the spectrum, just 61.5 per cent of Durham University’s most recent intake of undergraduates went to state school.

Durham was shortly followed by the University of Edinburgh (64.5 per cent) and the University of Exeter (65.5 per cent).

In fact, the proportion of state school students enrolling at Edinburgh University fell by one per cent and by four per cent at Durham University.

Here are the the Russell Group Universities ranked from highest to lowest percentage of state school students:


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