26th January 2017

EPI’s Peter Sellen comments on UCAS equality and entry rate data

Figures released on Thursday by Ucas show that rich children are 15 times more likely to be offered places at Oxford and Cambridge than poor children.

The Ucas equality data reports show a huge increase in the number of offers made to students from ethnic minorities in the past five years, which experts said could be due to positive discrimination by admissions tutors as universities are under pressure to inrease student diversity.

At Cambridge University, there has been a 50 per cent increase in the number of black and Asian student offers since 2011, compared to a 4 per cent increase for white students. At Oxford University, there has been a 58 per cent increase in the number of black and Asian student offers since 2011, compared to a one per cent increase in white student offers.