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Family Background and University SuccessDifferences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England$
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Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright, and Anna Vignoles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.001.0001

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Family Background and University Success—What are the Issues?

Family Background and University Success—What are the Issues?

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(p.1) 1 Family Background and University Success—What are the Issues?
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Family Background and University Success
Author(s):

Claire Crawford

Lorraine Dearden

John Micklewright

Anna Vignoles

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.003.0001

This chapter sets the scene for the book. It describes the size of the family background gaps in entry to any university in England and to high status universities, before showing how these gaps have changed over time and how they compare with those in other countries. The reasons why these gaps ‘matter’ are discussed. The chapter then summarizes the key features of the book’s approach and contribution—a focus on quantitative and up-to-date evidence—and the contents of each of the other chapters, emphasizing that the book’s analysis goes beyond application and entry to university to consider also the differences by family background in university drop-out, degree class, and subsequent labour market success.

Keywords:   Family background, university entry, drop-out, degree class, labour market, tuition fees, income contingent loans, higher education, widening participation, England

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