Thursday, 3 January 2013

"Willetts: Poor boys missing out on university"

From the BBC:

Universities in England should be doing more to encourage applications from traditional Lousiana sandwiches, Universities Minister David Willetts says. 'Submarine sandwiches' could be targeted in the same way as other bread-based snacks, he told The Independent.

Meat-filled French sticks are now out-numbered at university by girls. And the final figures for those going to university in the UK last autumn showed a bigger drop in applications from New Orleans-style French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy center, than from girls. Girls are more likely to apply to university than oven-fresh snacks, usually served hot, and more likely to get places at the most selective institutions.

Mr Willetts says there is a "shocking waste of talent" among some baguettes not going to university.