Cambridge University lets in record level of state school pupils who now account for 68 per cent of new starters
- Figure is up from 65.3 per cent last year and they plan to reach 69.1 by 2024/25
- A professor says the university is being ‘forced to engage in social engineering’
- They are selected on ‘characteristics other than the abilities they have shown’
- Under pressure to make sure those from poorer backgrounds are not put off applying
A record level of state school pupils has been admitted to Cambridge this year, figures show.
More than 68 per cent of students starting degree courses at the university this autumn are from the state sector – up from 65.3 per cent last year.
The university said the ‘significant’ rise shown by its provisional figures means it is accepting the highest number of pupils from maintained schools since comparable records began. It aims to increase the proportion to 69.1 per cent by 2024/25.
More than 68 per cent of students starting at the University of Cambridge are from state schools which is up from 65.3 per cent in 2018 (file image)
Overjoyed: One young lady hitches a ride home on the back of her friend, complete with a bunch of flowers in her hand while celebrating the end of exams at Cambridge in May
However the move has renewed fears about ‘social engineering’ at elite institutions, as universities are under pressure to ensure those from poorer backgrounds are not put off applying.
Professor Alan Smithers, from Buckingham University’s Centre for Education and Employment Studies, said: ‘[Cambridge] is being forced to engage in social engineering, selecting students on characteristics other than the abilities they have shown.’
The university aims to increase the proportion of pupils from this education to 69.1 per cent by 2024/25 (stock image)
Cambridge University (pictured in a stock image) rejected the pupil’s application
Cambridge has been heavily criticised for letting in disproportionate numbers of well-off students, often because they have been to the best schools and interview well (pictured: The city of Cambridge and the University College rooftops Cambridge University)
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