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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