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Background still matters in too many cases

University admissions are a sensitive issue, and rightly so

There is no doubt in my mind that going to university is a transformative personal experience. A degree typically boosts lifetime earnings by more than £100,000, opens the door to desirable careers, creates lifelong friendships and broadens horizons forever. Graduates are more likely to live longer, as well as avoid smoking, obesity and depression.

The idea that access to this astonishing leg-up should somehow be dependent upon background is of course abhorrent. I don’t believe that because you have come from a poor family you are automatically less suited to university. And nor do I believe that if you have…

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