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Poorer students can feel excluded during freshers’ week finding rituals strange, uni watchdog warns 


Poorer students can feel excluded during freshers’ week and may find the rituals strange, university watchdog warns

  • Drinking culture of freshers’ week ‘exclusionary’ for disadvantaged students
  • Last week, campuses welcomed first-year students with a week of freshers’ fairs
  • Some students who dropped out  ‘had no idea how to meet people’ on campus

It may seem like a staple of student life. But the drinking culture during freshers’ week can be ‘exclusionary’ for disadvantaged students, the universities watchdog has warned.

Universities must work harder to make all students feel welcome, said John Blake, director for fair access and participation at the Office for Students. Last week, campuses welcomed first-year students with a week…



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