December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
London teenagers are the most likely to go to university and the gap between them and the rest of the country is widening, new figures show.
According to data published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), by last year 18-year-olds from the capital were more than a third more likely to go into higher education than those who were the same age in the late 1990s.
And compared with young people from the North East, Londoners were around 43 per cent more likely to continue their education beyond A-levels.
The figures show in 2011/12, Wimbledon had the highest university participation rate among young people in the country at 68 per cent, followed by Harrow East in north west London at 67 per cent.
At the other end of the scale, Nottingham North had the lowest rate at just 16 per cent, followed by Bristol South at 18 per cent.
Overall the HEFCE findings show rising numbers of young people are choosing to go to university across England, but the report suggests a teenager’s chances of going still depend heavily on where they live, their background and whether they are male or female.
For example women were, on average, 22 per cent more likely to attend university by age 19 than men.
Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK, said: “It is good that the participation rate has risen for both men and women and that the gap between these groups has narrowed in recent years.
“However, low participation by young men is becoming an urgent concern and it is also worth remembering women’s employment prospects and salaries after they graduate still lag behind men’s.”