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Bournemouth Students More Likely to Attend Top Universities

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New figures suggest that school and college leavers in Bournemouth are more likely to study at one of the UK's top third universities.

In Bournemouth, 17% of school and college leavers went to one of the 24 Russell Group universities, whilst one in four go on to study at one of the UK's top third universities.

In comparison, 19% of those from the Dorset county area went to one of the top third most competitive universities, ranked by the average exam results of entrants. This includes 13% who got into Russell Group universities.

Social mobility charity the Sutton Trust has warned that someone's chances of going to a top university, which it says is the surest route to a good job, differs significantly depending on where they grow up.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "Getting a degree from a leading university is one of the surest routes to a good job."

"Yet these figures tell us that where you grow up has a significant impact on your chances of going."