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State schools' student share fall
Scottish universities saw the largest drop in state school pupils
The proportion of UK university students from state schools has fallen, the latest official figures show.

The percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses in 2003 who had attended state schools was 86.8%, down from 87.2% the year before.

The biggest change was in Scotland, down from 87.5% to 85.9%.

Meanwhile, the first large-scale official survey of what graduating students thought of their courses showed overwhelmingly positive views.

The survey forms part of a new Teaching Quality Information website for those contemplating higher education.


The drop in state school participation was accompanied by a small rise in the proportion of students from lower socio-economic groups, up from 28.4% to 28.6%.

That was largely in England - with the proportions falling at universities in Scotland and Wales.

Among individual institutions, state school participation ranged from 100% to 47.1%.

Universities and colleges in Northern Ireland had the highest rates.

The lowest, all below 60%, included Oxford and Cambridge, and UCL and Imperial College in London.

Last year there was a row over the participation "benchmarks" - officially not "targets" - which institutions are supposed to aim for.

Some places argued that the way these were calculated meant they were unattainable.

The methodology has been reviewed but is not being changed for now.

The Independent Schools Council said the statistics substantiated research it had published last month showing that claims of discrimination by universities against independent sector applicants were founded on myth.

General Secretary Jonathan Shephard again criticised the way the benchmarks were calculated as "absurd".

The table below shows the proportion of state school pupils admitted by each institution in 2003, the benchmark for that institution and the percentage difference. A "+" or "-" symbol in the final column indicates that the difference is statistically significantly above or below the benchmark.

Institution state % benchmark % +/- sig
Total UK86.8
Royal Academy of Music48.489-40.6-
Royal College of Music54.591.4-36.9-
Royal Agricultural College54.587.8-33.3-
Courtauld Institute of Art47.174.7-27.6-
University of Oxford53.875.2-21.4-
University College London59.378.2-18.9-
University of Cambridge56.975.3-18.4-
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine59.677.3-17.7-
University of Durham63.878.9-15.1-
Oxford Brookes University72.887.8-15-
University of Edinburgh65.379.8-14.5-
London School of Economics and Political Science64.378.2-13.9-
University of St Andrews65.177.9-12.8-
University of Bristol65.277.7-12.5-
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne68.680.3-11.7-
King's College London67.378.6-11.3-
University of Nottingham67.478.7-11.3-
School of Oriental and African Studies7181.8-10.8-
University of Exeter71.281.8-10.6-
Central School of Speech and Drama84.392.4-8.1
St George's Hospital Medical School7076.4-6.4
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College77.683.3-5.7-
University of Leeds76.381.8-5.5-
School of Pharmacy81.587-5.5
University of Bath76.682-5.4-
Glasgow School of Art80.685.3-4.7
Rose Bruford College87.492.1-4.7
City University85.289.4-4.2-
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama9094-4
University of Warwick76.579.2-2.7
Royal Veterinary College66.568.9-2.4
University of the West of England, Bristol87.289.6-2.4
University of Southampton8082.3-2.3
University of Reading81.883.9-2.1
Bath Spa University College92.193.9-1.8
University of Manchester79.680.9-1.3
Falmouth College of Arts93.394.6-1.3
University of Wales College of Medicine86.587.7-1.2
University of Birmingham80.681.4-0.8
University of York78.779.2-0.5
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication97.197.5-0.4
Loughborough University85.285.6-0.4
Edinburgh College of Art85.585.7-0.2
Kent Institute of Art & Design97.597.40.1
University of Surrey87.687.50.1
St Mary's College93.292.60.6
Harper Adams University College86.7860.7
Kingston University94.493.70.7
University of Aberdeen84.483.60.8
Leeds Metropolitan University92.891.71.1
Nottingham Trent University91.590.41.1
Roehampton University93.392.11.2
Wimbledon School of Art10098.71.3
University of the Arts, London94.993.61.3
Queen Mary and Westfield College85.183.71.4
Coventry University94.4931.4
Arts Institute at Bournemouth99.297.71.5
Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College97.395.81.5
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College9795.41.6
University College Worcester9593.41.6
Bolton Institute of Higher Education97.395.61.7
University of Brighton92.590.71.8
University of Liverpool85.183.31.8
University of Plymouth92.490.32.1
University of Northumbria at Newcastle90.187.92.2
University of Bradford93.891.52.3
London Metropolitan University96.494.12.3
Bournemouth University93.290.72.5
University of East London96.5942.5
University of Greenwich9693.52.5
Cardiff University84.5822.5
Brunel University92.289.62.6
Southampton Institute95.492.82.6
University of Kent89.486.72.7
College of St Mark and St John96.393.62.7
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff94.992.22.7
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama93.590.82.7
University of Westminster95.592.72.8
Manchester Metropolitan University94.992.12.8
Liverpool John Moores University94.391.42.9
University of Derby9794.12.9
University of Gloucestershire95.592.62.9
Cumbria Institute of the Arts97.894.83
De Montfort University95.992.93+
University of Portsmouth94.191.13
Cranfield University96.693.43.2
Goldsmiths College91.488.23.2
Dartington College of Arts97.4943.4
University of Sussex84.781.33.4+
Anglia Polytechnic University9692.53.5+
London South Bank University9793.53.5
University College Chichester97.393.73.6+
Liverpool Hope University College97.693.93.7+
York St John College96.292.53.7+
University of Hertfordshire96.892.93.9+
Napier University94.890.93.9+
Aston University91.987.94+
University of Sheffield83.1794.1+
Edge Hill College of Higher Education97.993.74.2+
University of Luton98.994.74.2+
Middlesex University9994.84.2+
University of Teesside98.193.84.3+
University of Wales, Bangor93.188.84.3+
Bell College96.592.24.3
University of Central Lancashire96.492.14.3+
Sheffield Hallam University95.390.84.5+
Writtle College92.988.44.5
University of Wales, Newport98.493.94.5
University of Salford9691.44.6+
University of Wales, Swansea92.687.94.7+
Canterbury Christ Church University College9691.34.7+
University of Central England in Birmingham9792.34.7+
Trinity College, Carmarthen99.294.54.7+
University College Northampton98.393.54.8+
University of Glamorgan98.693.84.8+
Swansea Institute of Higher Education98.393.54.8+
University of Leicester87.282.34.9+
NE Wales Institute of Higher Education98.9944.9+
University of Wolverhampton98.993.85.1+
Newman College of HE99.193.95.2
University of Keele91.386.15.2+
University of Huddersfield9892.75.3+
Staffordshire University97.3925.3+
Thames Valley University9993.65.4
University of Sunderland98.392.75.6+
St Mary's University College10094.45.6+
Stranmillis University College10094.45.6+
Bishop Grosseteste College97.491.75.7+
University College Chester97.391.55.8+
University of Lincoln97.391.55.8+
University College Winchester97.691.85.8+
Robert Gordon University9488.25.8+
Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh94.888.95.9+
Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies97.591.65.9+
St Martin's College98.792.76+
University of Paisley98.492.36.1+
University of Lancaster8982.86.2+
University of Glasgow87.881.66.2+
University of Abertay Dundee97.791.46.3+
University of Wales, Aberystwyth93.186.76.4+
Trinity and All Saints College97.190.56.6+
Heriot-Watt University91.584.86.7+
University of East Anglia8881.16.9+
University of Essex94.587.57+
Norwich School of Art and Design10092.97.1+
Glasgow Caledonian University98.1917.1+
University of Dundee92.584.77.8+
University of Ulster99.992.17.8+
University of Wales, Lampeter97898
UHI Millennium Institute10091.68.4
University of Strathclyde93.284.78.5+
University of Hull92.883.79.1+
University of Stirling94.385.19.2+
Queen's University of Belfast99.683.915.7+

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