Rail organisation offers giveaway trips to university open day

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A railway association is to offer giveaway sight tickets to all students going to a university’s open day.

West Midlands Railway will yield giveaway transport to a University of Worcester this autumn.

It follows warnings that disadvantaged families were not means to go to open days since of transport costs.

Anne-Marie Canning, executive of amicable mobility during King’s College London, pronounced rail fares had turn a vital separator to widening entrance to university.

Jon Harris, of West Midlands Railway, pronounced this commander intrigue was partial of a joining to creation rail transport “accessible for all”.

Students can register with a university for a document for a giveaway sheet for a subsequent open day in September, that can be used on West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.

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Open days, where field can ask tutors about courses and demeanour during accommodation, have been attracting tens of thousands of families in new weeks.

But a BBC has highlighted concerns that a cost of removing to open days had turn a poignant extent on requesting to university.

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When long-distance rail tickets can cost £100 or £200, and students competence wish to see several intensity universities, it can turn unaffordable.

Ms Canning says her work with families in disadvantaged areas, looking during barriers to university, had found a cost of sight tickets to open days had been lifted by relatives as one of a biggest worries.

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The amicable mobility charity, a Villiers Park Educational Trust, had also warned that poorer youngsters were tying their applications to a universities that they could means to strech on open days.

There is no requirement to attend an open day, though they have turn large recruitment events, where students get a possibility to see where they would live and investigate and to perspective a comforts on offer.

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The cost of sight transport can make it formidable to get to open days, contend amicable mobility charities

The gift found that immature people saw going to university as a vital financial joining – and many would not cruise requesting to a place they had not visited.

“We know how critical open days are for impending students. It is a possibility to ask questions, pronounce to lecturers and to get a feel for either it is a place for them,” pronounced a University of Worcester’s pro vice-chancellor, Ross Renton.

He pronounced that everybody had a “fundamental right to education” and a offer from a rail association would “help make transport costs reduction restricted for people” wanting to revisit a university.

The rail company’s offer of tickets to open days follows another intrigue providing giveaway transport for those going to pursuit interviews or to training courses for pursuit seekers.