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Teach First University Experience of 18-25 Year-Olds Survey

A survey of 18-25 year-olds on behalf of Teach First on their experience of university and post-school options.

  • Students and graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly likely to say that they chose their university subject to get a high salary after university (40% vs 26% of those from advantaged backgrounds).
  • While three in ten students and graduates whose parents did not attend university (31%) say that they chose their university because it was close to where they lived, just 18% of those where both parents attended university say the same.
  • Those with low levels of advantage are more likely to have considered dropping out of university than those with high levels of advantage (40% v 34%).
  • Students and graduates with a low level of social advantage are significantly more likely to say that balancing academic and paid work was what they found most difficult in their first year of University than those with a high level of advantage (31% v 20%).
  • Non-graduates are evenly split over whether or not they would consider going to university in future, and whether they feel they missed out on any opportunities by not going to university.

Date Published: 14/08/2017

Categories: Education | Public and communities | Social

Client: Teach First


ComRes interviewed 2,015 English adults aged 18-25 online between 18th May and 12th June 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of this audience by age, gender and region.

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