Expert comment: Universities need to do more for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Professor John Raftery comments on the news that the Office for Students (OfS) will expect universities and colleges to set tougher targets for disadvantaged students.

Date: 10 September 2018

On Friday 7 September, The Office for Students issued a warning to the most competitive English universities that they are to undergo greater scrutiny of their efforts to recruit disadvantaged students. Under a new draft plan, the regulator plans to focus on institutions it thinks less likely to meet targets on attracting more students from poorer homes. 

Commenting on the news, Professor John Raftery, Vice-Chancellor of London Met, said:

“We’re pleased to see the OfS taking action to improve diversity in higher education. London Met makes an enduring contribution to social mobility across generations as this country gets proportionally more of its citizens through higher education.

“We are proud of our contribution to this important work, but not complacent. We want more of our students to be successful and we continue to work hard with them to reduce dropout and improve degree attainment.”

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The full, detailed list of the OfS proposals can be found in the consultation document.