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Posted on 16 March 2017

Education

University applications 'depends heavily on where you live'

Teenagers' likelihood of applying to university depends heavily on where they live, according to new figures.

The study, by the Press Association (PA) news agency, showed London had the highest application rate of 47%, while the South West had the lowest at 32%. It found four times as many teenagers in Wimbledon, south London, applied compared with Havant in Hampshire. Universities UK acknowledged institutions should do more to boost social mobility within their regions.
Sir Peter Lampl, chief executive of the Sutton Trust education charity, said the "massive difference... reflects the fact that the chances of getting to university are very much dependent on where you live and where you go to school". The researchers analysed data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) on 18-year-olds applying this year. According to the calculations, 55% of 18-year-olds in the top 10% of parliamentary constituencies in terms of university applications, had applied for a degree course by the main 15 January Ucas deadline. But only 24% of those in the bottom 10% had applied by the same date.
"There are no quick and easy solutions," said UUK chief executive Nicola Dandridge. She said the report had recommended universities work "even more closely with schools and colleges" to boost young people's uptake of higher education in areas where it is lower than expected given their attainment at GCSE.