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Students from poorer backgrounds do less well at university

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Amongst those who go to university, students from less affluent backgrounds are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a first or upper second class degree than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This is true even amongst those on the same course who arrived at university with similar grades. These are the main findings of new research published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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IFS Working Paper W14/31
This paper provides new evidence on what happens to young people from different backgrounds once they arrive at university, exploring socio-economic differences in drop-out, degree completion and degree class.
Presentation
This presentation was given today by Professor Lorraine Dearden (Institute of Education and IFS) at the Nuffield Foundation.
Presentation
This presentation was given today by Claire Crawford (University of Warwick and IFS) at the Nuffield Foundation.