Universities in the UK have to recruit more white workers from the working class or undergo the punishment, warns the Minister of Education
- Damian Hinds asks why people in some places are less likely to have a diploma
- He called on vice-chancellors to do more for people from underprivileged groups
- Figures show that disadvantaged white pupils go to university the least often
Eleanor Harding Education Editor for The Daily Mail
Education secretary Damian Hinds says there is no reason why children from poor cities can not go to university
Universities must recruit more white workers from the working class or face sanctions, the secretary of education warned yesterday.
Damian Hinds said that vice-chancellors do not do enough to allow underprivileged groups – often those in poor white regional cities.
He said there was no reason why children in places such as Sunderland or Somerset were less likely to get a degree.
Official figures show that disadvantaged white students are the least likely group to go to university, especially at leading institutions.
Mr. Hinds said: & # 39; While potential and talent are spread evenly, sometimes the possibilities of making the best of it are not. It is simply unacceptable for universities not to act to increase their efforts to reach potential talents across the country.
& # 39; I have a simple message to universities: look at your own admission policy and find out what you can do to ensure that your university is open to everyone who has the potential, regardless of their background or where they come from.
& # 39; I see no reason why race or background should play a role in whether a student has access to and offers opportunities that higher education offers.
& # 39; We all need to share a collective effort to remove these barriers where they exist. & # 39;
He said he wanted to see material progress in closing the access gap in the coming years, with failure to action from the Office for Students. The regulator can impose sanctions, such as fines or, in the last resort, deregistration, which would actually mean closure.
Mr Hinds also wants universities to do more to support black students during their studies, because they have dropped out more often than other groups after their first year.
Universal vice-chancellor with £ 433,000 salary spends 30 days a year on OTHER paid jobs
He called on vice-chancellors to do more. Alice Gast (above) is the deputy chancellor of Imperial College in London
A vice-chancellor with a salary of almost half a million pounds spends on other jobs up to 30 days a year.
Professor Alice Gast is paid £ 433,000 as Vice Chancellor of Imperial College in London, making her one of the best performing university heads. She also has the use of an official residence, with an estimated market rent of £ 120,000 per year.
She earns a second income as director of the energy multinational Chevron. New financial statements reveal that she earned £ 297,000 for this role in the year ending December 2017 and £ 7,900 for her work with the Academic Research Council of the Ministry of Education of Singapore.
The details were released yesterday by Imperial in an attempt to transparency. Professor Gast said she spent some 30 days a year on external work.
& # 39; These roles strengthen our relationships and broaden my perspective on international cooperation and best practices in corporate governance, & # 39; she said. I am proud of the way our external activities strengthen Imperial's international reputation. & # 39;
His remarks come when the OFS publishes plans to take action against universities that allow a disproportionate number of rich students.
The aim is to eliminate the gaps in access and student success at all universities within 20 years.
As part of a large number of measures, the OfS will begin publishing data showing the composition of student bodies at each university. It means that those who take in too few disadvantaged students are called and ashamed.
In addition, the universities will assess whether their plans to improve access are credible and gaining results & # 39 ;.
The OfS also hopes to bridge the gap in access to the most selective universities between disadvantaged and disadvantaged students.
Another goal is to close the gap between black and white students who achieve top marks and a similar gap between disabled and non-disabled students.
Mr. Hinds added: "We know that the university is a decisive factor for future success, so I want the access and successful participation plans that universities begin to produce next year to take significant action. Access and participation plans should emphasize successful participation that completes the complete course, followed by high-quality jobs. & # 39;
Sarah Stevens, head of policy at the Russell Group of elite universities, said: "Our universities will continue to play our part in delivering this agenda.
& # 39; Our universities currently spend on average £ 1,100 per student per year on programs to broaden participation.
In order to achieve these new goals, universities 'efforts must be part of a broader program to address the complex causes of inequality throughout the education system from the early years.'
Meanwhile, the numbers from the UCAS admission body show that four out of five students who enrolled for the university with only three D degrees obtained a place this year.
A total of 4,845 young people with these low exam results started this autumn courses in higher education – 81 percent of the 5,981 who applied.
The number of students with DDD admitted to courses has increased by 29 percent since 2013, when only 3,763 were achieved.
An abundance of places is produced by a dip in the population of 18-year-olds