Black teens more likely to apply to University

New figures released by Ucas show that, despite an upward trend in the number of university applicants, there are still some big divides caused by social background, gender, ethnicity and geographic location. The head of University UK, Nicola Dandridge, says these figures raise new questions about why young white men from disadvantaged backgrounds are increasingly unlikely to apply to university. The figures report that pupils on free school meals are only half as likely to apply to university.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme aims to help pupils on free school meals to bridge the gap between their economic status and their full potential. We offer mentoring programmes, skills workshops and the opportunity to gain work experience in large corporate organisations, to help young men to develop the skills necessary to be successful. 

Helen Robinson