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Role models, mentoring and university applications - evidence from a crossover randomised controlled trial in the United Kingdom

Sanders, M; Burgess, S; Chande, R; Dilnot, C; Kozman, E; Macmillan, LA; (2018) Role models, mentoring and university applications - evidence from a crossover randomised controlled trial in the United Kingdom. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning , 20 (4) pp. 57-80. 10.5456/WPLL.20.4.57. Green open access

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Abstract

We conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in the South West of England to evaluate a policy to encourage students from poorer backgrounds to apply to selective universities. Current university students visited local schools and colleges, providing accurate information on the costs and benefits of university, and giving inspirational talks about making that decision. We find that there is a significant effect on the likelihood of students successfully applying to a selective university, but weaker effects on other outcomes. We fmd that effects are largest for students attending further education colleges, which typically cater for more disadvantaged students (in our sample, 6.2% of students in schools are eligible for free school meals compared to 7.4% in colleges) and offer a wider range of vocational courses. We suggest avenues for future research in this area.

Type: Article
Title: Role models, mentoring and university applications - evidence from a crossover randomised controlled trial in the United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5456/WPLL.20.4.57
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.20.4.57
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: widening participation, university, social mobility, RCT
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061074
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