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Dark matter

The gap between the university entrance rates of rich and poor students remains to be fully explained, writes Alison Goddard.

About a quarter of the universe is thought to consist of dark matter. And about a quarter of the gap between the entrance rates to highly selective universities of students from rich and poor homes is also unaccounted for, according to a study by John Jerrim of the Institute of Education, published this morning.

The BBC reports that poor pupils with good grade miss top universities. The Guardian says that working-class students shun top universities. The Daily Telegraph reckons that access to top universities is still linked to family income. The Belfast Telegraph says that income is linked to university places. We also have a report that is available only to subscribers to HE. On Twitter this morning, @tombennett71 says that geographical proximity is a big factor when his working-class pupils decide where to apply to university, that they see elite universities as not "for people like them" and that social mobility does not begin and end with university access. All in three tweets.

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