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England is terribly classist, and employers routinely discriminate against candidates not coming from the "red brick" universities (Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College).  Now that tuition fees for public universities have pretty much been equalised with those of "red brick" universities, bringing them to about 9 thousand pounds per year, many people who would have gone for a university degree may realise that they will have to get in debt to study at a second tier university but that classism will lock them out of jobs where they might earn enough to repay those student loans. So the calculus shifts against going to university at all, unless you can make it into a "red brick".

Just my own impression, I'm not sure whether actual English youth think in these terms.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:28:02 PM EST
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