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02 Jun I’m working class. Should I go to an elite university?



Because I’ve spoken about classism existing at elite universities, people ask me; do you think working class students should go to such institutions? My answer is yes.

1:38 The exception.
2:09 Those who attend elite universities are much more like to enter career positions which have significant power and set the direction for the country.
4:28 Entering higher education as a working class student earns you respect, an incredibly useful thing to have.
5:59 It inspires other working class people to fight against structural inequalities and achieve their ambitions.

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The Sutton Trusts research on the educational background of leading lawyers, journalists, vice chancellors, politicians, medics and chief executives:
https://www.suttontrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ST_MilburnSubmission-1.pdf

Just a handful of articles illustrating how the system does not support those who are working class:
1) The justice system is geared against those who are working class https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/27/white-youngsters-make-mistakes-police-justice-committee

2) Grenfell Tower illustrated how we don’t value working class lives
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/shelter-social-housing_uk_5c347e53e4b0116c11efdcff

3) Universal credit puts people into desperate situations
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/woman-tells-mps-selling-sex-is-easiest-way-to-survive-after-struggling-with-universal-credit_uk_5d011254e4b0dc17ef02768e

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit_uk_5d13944de4b0d0a2c0aa8c88?utm_hp_ref=uk-universal-credit

4) Working class children in education are not treated as well as others. Diane Reay is a brilliant academic who researches and writes on educational inequalities; if you haven’t already – read her journals and books!
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/21/english-class-system-shaped-in-schools

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5 Comments
  • George Scotland
    Posted at 04:17h, 02 June

    Inspirational

  • Viv Les
    Posted at 04:17h, 02 June

    Just wanted to let you know I read Lost Connections the book you recommended about depression and antidepressants on one of your videos. It’s really helped me so thank you. Keep doing what you do on here.

  • Graham Baldwin
    Posted at 04:17h, 02 June

    You’re using your education from an elite university in a very positive way. You are completely correct in calling out the leading universities on issues of classism but are also correct not to reject these places!

    Whether we like it or not those who go to leading universities tend to have many more personal benefits such as increased income and an appetite for life long learning, but there is the wider impact of these people then gaining power, not just of the country but also for companies that employee many other WC people. Having WC people in positions of authority will make a much more understanding and empathetic society. You do very well to point this out.

    I really enjoy your voice in these videos. Really nice to see articulate young people engaging with such important social issues.

  • Seb Sanchez
    Posted at 04:17h, 02 June

    I’m working class and hopefully going to Durham this year. Your videos are brilliant!

  • Beth Scott
    Posted at 04:17h, 02 June

    Your endeavour to change the ideologies toward working-class by establishing social mobility through elite education is fantastic. I work in education and I am going to complete a MSc at a russel group university; the students I teach don’t understand or see the value of getting into elite universities. I am working-class and I think this is how we can begin to overcome the oppression of working-class in England.

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