Students from less advantaged backgrounds are grossly underrepresented in Britain’s top universities.
- The Conversation
This underrepresentation of certain groups is particularly pronounced in highly competitive courses such as medicine.
In England, for example, 80% of medical students come from just 20% of the country’s secondary schools.
This imbalance isn’t just an issue of “fairness” or social equality.
It is well established that UK trained doctors from affluent backgrounds are less likely to choose to work in rural or deprived areas.
This is especially…