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Broader university access 'needs extra funding'

Published: Friday, 21 May 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The UK will not produce graduates from a broader demographic unless the current level of funding is increased, it was suggested today (May 21st).

Earlier this week, the Sutton Trust recommended that universities be given a 'bounty' fund to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In its submission to the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, it claimed that the move could be funded by top-slicing the teaching grant.

However, Paul Cottrell, national head of policy at the University and College Union, explained that a reduction in the quality of teaching would be the inevitable result.

"An awful lot of money has been put into all of those schemes but the output, in terms of getting more poor students into higher education, seems to have been very marginal at best," he said.

"I think in principle it would be a good thing and we would want to support it. But I don't think it should be funded by redirecting money from elsewhere in the system - there has to be extra funds."

Last month, the Higher Education Statistics Authority revealed that 64 per cent of universities failed to meet targets for recruiting students from less privileged backgrounds in 2008-09.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19793256-ADNFCR

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