Apparently leading universities are biased against applicants from poorer backgrounds; or so says John Denham, the Universities Secretary. This is an argument that comes up time and time again, and every time it does I just don’t get it. Just because leading universities have fewer students from more deprived backgrounds than other universities doesn’t in and of itself indicate bias.
The reality is that universities like
If there’s a problem, and I’m sure we can all agree there is, then it’s that state schools are underperforming to worrying degree and not providing children from poorer backgrounds with the education they deserve.
Perhaps we should get that sorted, rather than attempting to create educational equality by bringing everyone down to a lower standard.