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All of these teams also linked the socio-economic data to gender and ethnicity. The Fuller and Hockings’ project teams used more dynamic evidence of family and social backgrounds associated with social networks as well as parental backgrounds, including, in the case of Hockings, data drawn from official university sources. Crozier’s team made use of a traditional social class parental educational and occupational split between working-class and middle-class students within different forms of higher education.

Indeed, over the last forty years, the overall numbers of undergraduate students participating in some form of higher education has quadrupled from half a million in 1965, to two million in 2005–6 (HEFCE 2005a). As Hayward and colleagues go on to argue: ‘educational participation beyond the compulsory school age has increased in the UK since 1945, with a massive increase in participation in full-time provision between 1985 and 1994’. Moreover, over the years from 1996–7 to 2005–6, in absolute terms, women have outnumbered men and are 60 per cent of full-time student population in UK universities with some variations in English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh forms of access and participation.

In order to monitor university or higher education provision and progress towards the continuing aim of ‘fair access’, the government also proposed a new administrative system of regulation of individual and institutional ‘access’ of types of students from economically and socially disadvantaged families and schools. It set up both an official Access Regulator and an administrative Office of Fair Access (known as OFFA) to set targets for individual institutions in their progress to extending access, but without strong financial means to ensure this.

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