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Opening doors for state school pupils

Russell Group university conferences set to help teachers improve access to top universities

Posted by Hannah Oakman | April 21, 2016 | Students

More than 100 teachers from across the country have attended the ‘Progression to Russell Group universities’ conference at the University of Cambridge.

The conference aimed to give teachers from state schools and colleges the information they need to help pupils apply to the UK’s top universities.

A further conference will be held at the University of Liverpool later this month (Tuesday 26 April). To widen the reach of the conference, all materials and presentations will be released as an online resource for teachers who cannot attend.

Director General of the Russell Group, Dr Wendy Piatt said:  “Ensuring our doors are wide open to talented and able students from all backgrounds really matters to us. And real progress has been made. According to the Department for Education, in 2013, almost 13% of the students (1,820) eligible for free school meals who went into higher education went to a Russell Group university, up from 7.5% (910) in 2010.

“But we are far from complacent. Russell Group universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds on outreach activities in schools and colleges and on bursaries and scholarships that support disadvantaged students through their degree course.”

In 2016-17, the 20 Russell Group universities in England alone will be investing £243m in scholarships, fee waivers, bursaries and outreach activities aimed at the most disadvantaged – with additional investments being made across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Russell Group Opening Doors report and accompanying films examine the root causes of under-representation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and gives examples of what Russell Group universities are doing to help tackle the problem.

For more information visit the Russell Group website. 

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