No control

October 1, 2015

I read with interest the piece on the greater success of state-educated students in degree classifications, but I was very surprised not to have seen some control for the institutions attended (“State-schooled are more likely to get a good degree”, News, 24 September). Anecdotally, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge less readily give out firsts and 2:1s and, anecdotally, public-school educated students are over-represented at those institutions; it could follow then that public school students get lower degrees because they attend institutions with tougher degree grade boundaries. The important control would be to show that private-educated students at the same institution do worse than their state-educated contemporaries.

Andy Furley
Department of biomedical science
University of Sheffield


Send to

Letters should be sent to: THE.Letters@tesglobal.com

Letters for publication in Times Higher Education should arrive by 9am Monday. View terms and conditions.

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard