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Underrepresented learners

Some groups of people are less likely to achieve the qualifications needed to study at higher education level, and these gaps in achievement are apparent from a young age. There is also inequality between groups once they get into higher education, with some students more likely to do well than others, even when their previous academic performance is similar.

The Office for Students considers underrepresented groups to include students from: areas of low HE participation, low household income or low socioeconomic status; some Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students; mature students; disabled students; care leavers; carers; people estranged from their families; people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; refugees; and children from military families.

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