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London has highest concentration of graduates, study shows
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
New research into the diversity of UK graduates has shown that London has the highest proportion of people with access to university education.
Carried out by the University and Colleges Union (UCU), the report placed seven London boroughs, including Richmond Park, Kensington & Chelsea and Hampstead & Highgate, in its top ten regions for residents with degrees.
The organisation said that the figures reveal a gap between the north and south of the country when comparing the opportunities available to gain a university education and a graduate job.
West Midlands and north-west areas such as Wolverhampton and Bootle were among those with the highest percentage of non-qualified residents.
Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU, said: "As this report shows, the current divide between the haves and have-nots is growing, with where you live largely determining your chance to educational success."
The Department for Communities and Local Government is set to launch a fire and rescue management employment programme designed especially for women and ethnic minorities next year, the Guardian reported.