Published on February 25, 2014 | by William Thomas


White non-Londoners are less likely to attend uni

Students at LCC

The report states that ethnic minorities are more driven to attend university than their white classmates. [Hassan Nezamian]

Students from an ethnic minority, as well as those who live in London, are more likely to aspire to higher education than white students or those from outside of the capital.

According to a report by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU), ethnic minority students are more driven to attend university and achieve better GCSE grades than their white classmates. The study analysed the education paths of 16,000 young people born between 1989 and 1990.

Research showed that 93 per cent of the non-white Londoners wanted to go to university, compared to only 70 per cent of those outside of London with the same aspirations.

Elsa Hingley-Knight, a surface design student at LCC, is originally from Manchester and decided to go to university as it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

“After leaving college and having no idea what I wanted to do, I pretty much knew I needed to get out of my home city and do something new,” she said. “I never expected to end up in London. I only applied as my tutor had told me it was an interesting course.”


The high number of universities and higher education institutions in the city could be one factor as to why more young people from London find the close proximity appealing.

Caroline Forbes, who studies costume design at Wimbledon College of Art, is from South London. For her, university was always going to be the next step after A-levels. She told Arts London News: “I chose to go to university for two reasons. The first was because I wanted to learn more about costume design and gaining a degree is one of the ways you can do this.”

“The second reason was to do with the lifestyle choices that go with studying at university. It means you don’t have to necessarily get as serious about your life straight out of school,” she added.

David Willetts, minister of state for universities and science, recently said in an interview with The Independent that universities should treat white working-class boys as they would any other disadvantaged group

After a fall of 22,000 UCAS applications from young men, Willetts is concerned for the future of their education, stating: “I do worry about what looks like [an] increasing under-performance by young men.”


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