Commenting on equality data reports published by UCAS today, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Today’s publication by UCAS is an important step in providing greater transparency and data which universities can act upon.
“While it is important to recognise the progress made in recent years, this granular information will help institutions focus on areas where more needs to be done. Our research has identified partnerships with schools and collaborative outreach as the most effective ways of supporting underrepresented groups to apply.
“Whilst access to university is important, retention and student outcomes for disadvantaged groups matter too if everyone is to be given an equal chance to succeed. Our research found that university leaders can make the difference by setting clear objectives and ensuring these are embedded across their institution. Tackling inequality in all of its forms should be at the heart of every university’s mission.”