Summer Schools helps disadvantaged University Applicants
A report commissioned by the Sutton Trust has shown that, non-privileged young people can significantly enhance their chances of attending a leading university, if they attend a one week university summer school. The Sutton Trusts’ scheme of one week summer schools run in collaboration with several major universities was shown, in some cases, to ‘reduce completely’ the disadvantage of coming from a poorer home. The report looked at 1,750 students who attended the summer schools at Bristol, Cambridge, Nottingham, Oxford and St Andrews universities in 2008 and 2009. It compared their university application and acceptance rates with 30,000 other students in a range of control groups. The research found that over three quarters of the summer school attendees went on to a leading university compared to just over half of students with similar academic and social profiles who did not apply to the scheme.
Read the Full Report here.