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Uni is top of list for effort.

A NORTH East university has been named the best in the country for encouraging more young people into higher education.

Newcastle University spent pounds 2.2m on scholarships and bursaries or projects aimed at getting more young people to study for a degree, especially those from lower income backgrounds or from families with no experience of university education.

The figure is more than a third of the money it collected in 2006-07 from fees.

The report has been released by the higher education equal opportunities "watchdog", the Office for Fair Access, which looked at the first year universities were allowed to charge tuition fees of up to pounds 3,000. The first intake was in September 2006.

OFFA was set up to ensure all universities invest a reasonable amount of the extra fees money in widening participation projects, aimed at encouraging students from a broader cross-section of backgrounds to gain university places.

The OFFA report shows Newcastle University was top in the whole of the UK for investing tuition fee money in additional outreach programmes.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2008
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