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Postgraduate degrees are more valuable than ever—so why are they also harder for poorer students to access?

Outreach initiatives that help working-class students access higher education often end at undergraduate level. In a marketplace where postgraduate qualifications are becoming more important, it's time to change that

By Freya Marshall Payne  

The University of Manchester is one of the few institutions that offers means-tested support for postgrads. Photo: PA

Cast an eye across the headlines of any newspaper education section and you’ll see, in the recurring debates over grammar schools and Oxbridge admissions, that inequality is at the heart of the British education system. Thankfully, at last, British universities have begun to take action: An ever-growing number of institutions provide bursaries for low-income undergraduates, and elite institutions like Oxford and Cambridge have started schemes to attract working-class undergraduates. 

But in at least one important…

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