More poor students dropping out of university early, figures show

Rising numbers of poor students are dropping out of university before finishing their degree, figures suggest.


The proportion of youngsters from disadvantaged families who do not continue after their first year at university has reached the highest level for five years, according to a report by the Office for Fair Access (Offa).


It also shows that a young person's chances of gaining at least a 2:1 depend significantly on their ethnic background.


Offa director Les Ebdon said it was a "disgrace" that a student's degree classification should be linked to their ethnicity.


The report looks at the progress universities and colleges have made in widening participation in higher education - encouraging more disadvantaged young people to study for a degree - against the commitments and targets institutions made in their 2015/16 "access agreements".


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