Eight per cent more students from disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK have won places at university than ever UCAS, the university admissions service, has said.
According to UCAS figures released following this week’s A-level results, a total of 20,000 students from that category are already placed on a degree course – 1,400 up on last year.
UCAS said the gap between rich and poor undergraduates was narrowing.
However, as that gap shrinks, the difference between the number of men and women has increased by a further 6,000 with around 52,000 more women accepted, including 80 per cent of this year’s eight per cent increase.
Mary Curnock Cook, the UCAS chief executive said: “It is wonderful to be able to report the success that universities and colleges have had in recruiting record numbers of well-qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“However I would like to see more focus on educational achievement for boys through primary and secondary education to support improved access to Higher Education.”