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Equality rankings of universities.

Equality rankings of universities.

When it comes to equal access for poorer students less prestigious universities beat elite institutions, suggests new analysis. 

Calculations for the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) put Hull University top for admitting a balanced intake of rich and poor students.

Institutions like Cambridge, St Andrews, Bristol and Oxford were placed near the bottom of the table.

Cambridge welcomed "different interpretations of the data".

However, a spokesman for the university pointed out that the HEPI analysis relies on a single measure, adding "widening participation in higher education is a complex issue".

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