Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Working-Class' Law Suits: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Working-Class' Law Suits: Letters

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The stubborn narrative about the "best" universities remains pervasive in the public consciousness. In "Posh spice up CVs to gain edge at post-92s" (News, 11 April), you report on research that will be published as "Higher education, social class and the mobilisation of capitals: recognising and playing the game", a paper in the British Journal of Sociology of Education's September edition. You further encourage this narrative by focusing on a minority of the University of the West of England students who felt "out of place". Yet the student cited in the article is also quoted in the research as saying: "Now I'm here I'm really happy with the department."

The research highlights how students are being encouraged to choose a university based on brand status rather than on the criteria that would best enable them to reach their potential. For example, it highlights a high-achieving working-class student who chose a certain university because he believed that its brand would help him secure a City job. …

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