Investigation launched at Imperial College London
Responding to claims by members of the Imperial College women’s rugby team that they had been humiliated with sexist comments, an investigation was launched by Imperial College London. Dr Alison Phipps from the Centre of Gender Studies at Sussex University was invited to lead a year-long inquiry. While the report said that there were a few examples of females being involved, one participant said the “ingrained misogyny” at Imperial was “so deep that it had become normal”. Collected data showed many examples of bullying and discriminatory behaviour based on class, gender, gender identity, race, disability, and sexual orientation.
Admission requirements lowered for disadvantaged students
The University of Bristol has announced it will accept lower A Level grades from disadvantaged students as part of a new scheme to improve social mobility, since recent data show that the gap between the number of rich and poor pupils winning university places has reached record levels, with the poor half as likely to enter higher education. The five with “high potential” from every school and college in the city will be offered a guaranteed place to study courses of their choice and will also receive academic and pastoral support at university. Bristol teachers and students have welcomed the move, calling it a “win/win strategy for the students, the university, the schools, and our city.”
Graduates from wealthy families earn more
After graduating in the same subject, students from underprivileged families earn 10 per cent less than those from wealthy families. Graduates from underprivileged backgrounds do best in professions such as medicine and dentistry while graduates from wealthy backgrounds out-earn their peers in law and computer science. The difference be as great as 15 per cent. This research was conducted by Deloitte and shows that the least advantaged graduates face more barriers when they are searching for employment, even though they perform the same as advantaged graduates in their academic studies.