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Socio-economic gaps in HE participation: how have they changed over time?

Crawford, Claire; (2012) Socio-economic gaps in HE participation: how have they changed over time? (IFS Briefing Note BN133 ). Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

• Higher education (HE) participation has expanded dramatically in England over the last half century, with the proportion of 17- to 30-year-olds going to university increasing from just 5% in 1960 to 47% in 2010. Yet socio-economic inequality in HE participation remains of great policy concern, stoked by fears about whether the introduction (in 1998) and subsequent increases (in 2006---07 and 2012---13) in tuition fees would discourage young people from poorer backgrounds from going to university. // • This briefing note provides new evidence on what happened to HE participation overall and at high-status institutions amongst state school students in England following the increase in tuition fees (and accompanying changes to student support and other policies designed to ‘widen’ HE participation) that occurred in 2006---07. In particular, it examines whether these policy changes were coincident with changes in the trajectories of HE participation rates and whether these changes occurred differentially for young people from different socio-economic backgrounds.

Type: Report
Title: Socio-economic gaps in HE participation: how have they changed over time?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1920/bn.ifs.2012.00133
Publisher version: https://ifs.org.uk/sites/default/files/output_url_...
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
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 - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180649
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