London’s newer universities are leading the way in providing opportunities for students from under-privileged backgrounds.
Across England around a third of students come from poorer families. But data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency looking at participation of under-represented groups in UK universities found that 7 of London’s universities take 50% or more.
- Institute of Education (64%)
- University of Greenwich (56%)
- Middlesex University (56%)
- University of East London (54%)
- London Metropolitan (53%)
- London South Bank (51%)
- University of Westminster (50%)
These universities also have a very high level of students from state rather than independent schools, above the national average of 90%.
London has the second highest proportion of independent schools in the country (as reported by Urbs) and there is a marked variation in student admissions from the state sector in London. This ranges from all places going to state educated pupils at Middlesex to just over a third at the Royal Academy of Music. The smaller specialist colleges take far more students from the independent sector.
The more established London institutions that have become global brands, such as LSE, UCL and Kings, have about two thirds of students from the state sector, which is in line with the intake at Oxford and Cambridge.