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Moving on up: 'First in family' university graduates in England

Henderson, M; Shure, D; Adamecz-Volgyi, A; (2020) Moving on up: 'First in family' university graduates in England. Oxford Review of Education 10.1080/03054985.2020.1784714. (In press).

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Abstract

This paper provides the first quantitative analysis on ‘first in family’ (FiF) university graduates in the UK. Using a nationally representative dataset that covers a recent cohort in England, we identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as 18%, comprising nearly two-thirds of university graduates. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to become a FiF, while those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than students whose parents are graduated. We also find evidence that FiF students are less likely to graduate from elite universities and are at greater risk of dropout in general, even after prior educational attainment and socioeconomic status are taken into account.

Type: Article
Title: Moving on up: 'First in family' university graduates in England
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2020.1784714
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2020.1784714
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: Higher education, widening participation, university access, dropout, intergenerational educational mobility
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 Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10107695
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