Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has met with representatives from the leading Russell Group Universities to talk about the root causes of the under-representation of disadvantaged students at leading universities, and to hear about the ways in which Russell Group universities are working to help solve this problem.
The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, are investing a huge amount of resources into developing pioneering schemes to help close the access gap experienced by disadvantaged students in the UK. Whilst the group has made some progress in this area, there is still much to be done to ensure our top universities are opening their doors to the brightest state-school and college students from South Wales, and across the UK.
Speaking after the meeting, Huw said, ‘It is imperative that the leading universities in the UK continue to address the access gap for disadvantaged students, so that our best talent does not lose out to privilege and wealth. We also need to ensure our schools are encouraging students to be ambitious, and giving them the skills and confidence to compete at the highest academic level.’
‘The opportunity to access higher education, particularly at the leading UK universities, must be accessible to young people from all walks of life. Parental income or background should never be a factor in deciding whether or not a young person can go to university.’