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Wealthier students 'more likely to go to a top university'

Richer students are still far more likely to go to a top university than their poorer counterparts, a new study has found.

According to the research by the Independent Commission on Fees, those from the most affluent neighbourhoods are three times more likely to study for a degree than those from the poorest areas.

Even more starkly, wealthier students are 10 times more likely to enter a leading university.

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Richer students 'more likely to attend top uni'

Those from poorer backgrounds are still less likely to study for a degree, a new study has found. Credit: PA

Top universities are still the preserve of students from more affluent backgrounds, according to new research.

The study by the Independent Commission on Fees reveals those from the richest neighbourhoods are three times more likely to go to university than those from the poorest areas.

Wealthier students are also 10 times more likely to attend a leading university.

These gaps are slightly narrower than four years ago, but "remain unacceptably large", the report concludes.

The findings are based on analysis of data from Ucas, the university admissions service.

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