University applications down

Figures have shown that children from poorer backgrounds in the North East were beginning to avoid applying to university - even before the trebling of tuition fees last year.

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Oxbridge universities in region to attract more applicants

Representatives fromOxford and Cambridge University have been in the North East trying to attract more applicants to their universities from the region.

Only 540 pupils from the North East applied to the two universities last year, which made up less than two per cent of their total applications.

The universities are trying to encourage pupils to aim for higher grades by introducing them to students who have got in.

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