Fewer places at top British universities for wealthier applicants, study finds

A new study from the Office for Students (OfS) has shown that the UK’s top universities are admitting fewer students from wealthy backgrounds whilst offering places to more Black students.

The data divides students into quintiles based on the deprivation of the areas they grew up in, and has shown that Cambridge’s admission of students from the richest quintile decreased from 41.2% to 36.7% in 2019-2020. Admission of students from the most deprived quintile, meanwhile, increased from 4.9 to 6.6 per cent from 2018-2019.

Cambridge’s admissions have also made progress in the area of racial diversity: 3.6% of students admitted were Black, compared to 2.4 per cent in 2018-2019. White students now make up 72.2% of the students admitted, down from 76%.

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