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Telegraph - Number of poor students dropping out of university at highest level in five years

The number of poor students who drop out of university before finishing their degree is at its highest in five years, the latest figures show.

It comes amid a multi-million pound drive to recruit students from poorer backgrounds - with universities spending a total of £725.2 million on access initiatives in the past academic year alone. 

Russell Group universities said that over the past five years, they have almost doubled the their funding for scholarships, fee waivers, bursaries and outreach activities aimed at the most disadvantaged.

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