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University fails disadvantaged students

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March Students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been left feeling frustrated and forgotten amidst the university’s pledge to lead on “Scotland’s commitment to widening participation.” This comes after the university released its 20/21 annual report, outlining its strategy to increase widening participation. A Widening Participation (WP) student can […]

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The Student in conversation with Edinburgh’s 93% Club

Earlier this year, the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) released a report on admissions statistics to UK universities, including data on the proportion of entrants from state and private school backgrounds.  The figures show that 63 per cent of the University of Edinburgh’s students admitted between 2015/16 and 2019/20 attended a state school. This positions […]

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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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The University of Edinburgh is no better than Durham when it comes to southern elitism

A report from a Durham University student has exposed a “toxic culture” of elitism against those from the north-east region of England, typically prevalent among more privileged students from the south of England. North-east students, despite being local to Durham University, had their accents described as “feral”, as well as being discriminated against for their […]

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Varsity Blues: An interview on the systemic bias of America’s colleges

The issue of elitism does not only apply to the college system. Furthermore, the only reason that this scandal has come to the fore is because the perpetrators were caught, not because the moral and ethical flagrancy has finally ignited the system.  America is perhaps the most interesting nation for in which this story to […]

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Elitism in universities is reflective of the widening wealth gap in the UK

In 2016, the University of Oxford offered 59.2 per cent of its places to pupils from state schools, its highest yet. Whilst this makes up the majority of the university, it does not sound so laudable when you realise that only 18 per cent of children over the age of 16 are educated at private […]

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Axing Art History will only affect privately educated pupils

It is a great shame that the Art History A-Level has been scrapped by Theresa May’s government, perhaps even a disgrace. Art History is a subject that introduces children to great masterpieces, broadening their minds and giving them a cultural education. Like Media Studies, Creative Writing, and Home Economics, Art History is considered a ‘soft’ […]

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University league tables are a valid marker of credibility

The yearly ritual of analysing university league tables is shared between past, prospective, and current students alike. Each year a series of rankings are released, quantifying our university’s merits and punishing its shortcomings. While the big two, Times Higher Education and QS World Rankings, take the cake for the most respected leaderboards, more comprehensive tables […]