Every postcode in Nottingham North was found to have low numbers of young people participating in high education, according to a report by the Office for Students
The report by the Government watchdog for Fair Access and participation reveals that poorer white teenagers in England’s former industrial towns and those living on the coast, are among the least likely to go to university.
All 1871 postcodes in Nottingham North are low-participation neighbourhoods for higher education, the report revealed.
The Office for Students has looked at overlapping factors – such as poverty, race, gender and where people live – as indicators of whether someone is likely to go to university.
Chris Millward of the Office for Students says that most of the low participation areas were found in the “formerly industrial towns and cities across the north and midlands, or coastal towns”.
“These are the people and places that have been left behind”, he added.
The study also found that white youngsters who are on free meals or those who come from disadvantaged areas made up 92 per cent of those in the bottom fifth, in terms of the likelihood of going to to university.
Mr Millward, director of fair access, warns that these communities have missed out on the rise in access to universities.
He added: “The expansion of educational opportunities, and the belief that equality of opportunity would flow from this, have not delivered for them. So they are less likely to see education as the way to improve their lives,” writes Mr Millward.
The report highlights that white students on free meals in London seemed do not follow this trend trend, with an an entry rate that “has pulled away from that in other parts of the country” – with the capital overall having higher rates university admissions.