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Universities to be Given New Participation Targets

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Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has written to vice-chancellors telling them to adjust their access and participation plans.

Under the plans, universities will be given tough new targets to ensure the poorest students land high-paid jobs after graduating.

The move follows on from analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Sutton Trust education charity that concluded newer universities with lower entry requirements help twice the rate of poor students to get top jobs when compared to older more selective universities.

The analysis found that newer universities admit more students from poorer backgrounds and can therefore help a greater proportion of disadvantaged students get good jobs.

Implementing the new targets is a key focus of The Office For Students' director of fair access and participation John Blake, with the plans due to come into force from 2023-24.

Whilst universities already have targets in place, Ms Donelan is asking institutions to do more. For example, by ensuring students from poorer backgrounds are studying courses that typically lead to good job prospects.