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EIBF 2022: Simon Woolley: Shaking Up the Establishment Review

Simon Woolley’s 2022 book, SOAR: My Journey from Council Estate to the House of Lords tells the success story of Lord Simon Woolley, Baron of Woodford. SOAR is more than a “rags to riches” story, his determination to not only benefit himself but also encourage the achievements of other Black people from deprived areas. Chaired […]

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Half of UK undergraduates at the University of Edinburgh come from the wealthiest backgrounds

The Student can reveal that 50 per cent of undergraduate entrants from the UK are from the most affluent backgrounds.  This figure is a consecutive average and is established by ACORN, the main demographic tool used by the University of Edinburgh and other universities across the UK to identify widening participation students.  This system places students […]

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Skiing, Shooting, Signet Rings: Class Divide at the University of Edinburgh

Only 6% of people in the UK are privately educated, yet somehow, they all seem to end up at the University of Edinburgh, making up 33.8% of the undergraduate population. The disproportionate split between private school and state school students demonstrates the depth of class divide at our university and its subsequent existence as an […]

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Why is class absent from The Student’s list of liberation groups?

Editors note: The views expressed in this opinion piece are of the writer’s only. We kindly ask readers to turn to check out plenty of content in our Voices, Features as well as our Comment Section relating to this supposedly neglected issue.  As we enter into the jaw-dropping finale of the three-year-long Brexit process that […]

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Deprived areas hardest hit by reduced life expectancy

New data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) has this month revealed a strong discrepancy in life expectancy between those living in Scotland’s wealthiest and poorest areas. According to the NRS’ Annual Review of Demographic Trends, life expectancy in Scotland remains the lowest of the UK’s constituent countries across the period 2015-17, resting at […]

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Accent bias at the BBC?

A BBC Breakfast business reporter recently revealed to The Sunday Times her experiences of class bias while working at the BBC. Steph McGovern, a journalist born in Middlesbrough, spoke out about the difficulties of being from a working-class background in a work environment, arguing that class is a larger source of inequality than gender. The gender […]

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Could class liberation officers tackle discrimination at university?

Indignities abound at  Russell Group universities for those of us with the misfortune of having been born into a family with no inherited wealth, those of us whose background is decidedly C2DE in the NRS Social Grade – the crude system used by government apparatchiks and ruthless marketers to classify the population socioeconomically. We face […]