Top Universities To Announce Fair Access Initiative

Universities Secretary John Denham is to announce an initiative to ensure fair access for bright students to nine of the most selective Universities in England.

The move is to encourage the 3,000 or so students predicted to get top A-level grades, from the state school sector, to apply to the country's top universities, regardless of their background.

The universities who have signed up for the initiative are Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, King's College London, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton and Warwick.

Mr Denham, who is expected to announce the initiative at Labour's conference in Manchester, said: "I have always been clear that we must allow the most talented and hard working of our young people to achieve their full potential, irrespective of what kind of social background they came from, or the school they went to.

"This does not mean imposing admissions policies on universities. But it does mean universities recognising their full responsibilities in helping to seek out and develop the best of talents, wherever they are in our society."

The scheme will begin for students applying to start in 2010.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 September 2008
Academic Standards Put At Risk By 'Meddling'
The vice-chancellor of Cambridge has said academic standards were being put at risk by "meddling", saying that universities existed to educate and lead research, not promote social justice.
25 April 2003
Undergraduate applications rise by 4 per cent
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has today released figures today revealing that applications for undergraduate courses is up by nearly 4%. The latest figures from UCAS show that 393,750 applicants applied by 24 March for courses starting in Autumn 2003. This is up by 14,864 (3.9%) on the same point last year.
28 February 2012
Report Calls For Universities To Be At Heart Of Economy
A report published today calls for universities to be at the heart of the economy to promote growth in the UK and improve the employability of our graduates.
18 October 2005
Fee support for part-time students
Part-time students are to receive an increase in financial support under new plans announced by the government. Under the new plans, students studying at least 75% of a full-time course will be eligible to receive up to £1,125 – an increase from the previous maximum of £885.
12 October 2010
Major Debt Ahead For Medical Students
Doctors’ leaders have warned ministers that increasing tuition fees could result in medical students facing a debt bill of potentially £100,000.