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System penaiises diadvantaged students

May 9th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
This research only conforms what we already know – that the UK university system is biased on grounds of class. What hope then once the new fees of £900 pound a year kick in?
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are being penalised by a university admissions system that unduly rewards early applicants, according to new research.

Three academics at Warwick University claim that the British system is unfair and inefficient when it comes to allocating places.

They say their research shows there is a “significantly lower probability of someone from a non-white ethnic background, or from a lower social-class background, or who attended a non-selective or a non-fee-paying secondary school, receiving an offer”. Explanations for the bias have yet to be explored, but may be partly explained because the current system appears to be weighted against “late developers”.

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