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State school graduates on the up

Published: Thursday, 20 September 2007   Category: Public sector

Despite the fact that the top universities are failing to recruit appropriate number of state students - the overall numbers are still on the increase, new research has shown.

The study, conduced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, reveals that 87.4 per cent of the total intake was from state schools, a 0.7 per cent increase on last year.

Commenting on the figures, higher education minister Bill Rammell said: "The figures are welcome confirmation that we're on the right track, but we must maintain our efforts."

And a spokesman for Universities UK added: "Attracting students into higher education is not enough - we need to support them to a successful conclusion of their studies."

The statistics also showed that Bell College, in Scotland, was the university for taking on sate school pupils with just 25.7 per cent.

And there were four institutions that had all of their students form a state school: Wimbledon School of Art, UHI Millennium Institute, St Mary's University College, Twickenham and Stranmillis University College.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18287979-ADNFCR

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