English school leavers from the most advantaged backgrounds are 2.8 times more likely to go to university than those from the poorest areas, according to new research.
The study by the Independent Commission on Fees, based on official Ucas data, also found:
- 46.7% of wealthier students start a degree, compared to 16.9% of more disadvantaged youngsters.
- English 18-year-olds from the wealthiest neighbourhoods are 9.5 times more likely to go to one of the 13 most prestigious universities.
- Richer students are 6.8 times more likely to enter one of the 30 leading UK universities.
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