East End unis may be failing their students

Tower Hamlets College © David Atheer

UNIVERSITIES in northeast London are failing their students, according to the Good University Guide.

The 2015 guide, to be published next month September 2014, puts East London and London Metropolitan at the bottom of its list of 121 British universities.

Both EastLon and LonMet scored below 50% for graduate prospects, compared with about double that, 97%, for London’s top-rating uni, the London School of Economics (LSE).

Just above them is the London South Bank and several places above that other London unis, up to Greenwich in position 101.

At the top are Cambridge, then Oxford, followed by the LSE (star alumnus: musician MP Jagger).

The University of Exter Enterprises-analysed ratings will be of great

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Above: Loving Dalston’s photograph shows a tribute by The Sunday Times today to five Stratford students. The main picture, top: Tower Hamlets College, formerly the George Greens School in East India Dock Road, was not listed in the top further-education institutions

interest to London teenagers who have just received their A-level results and want to stay in the capital.

Five students from ethnic-minority families, who studied for A-levels at the London Academy of Excellence in Stratford, have, however, already made their choices. Their results won them places at Oxford or Cambridge.

The “Eton of the East End”, as the academy at 322 High Street E15 1AJ is sometimes known, boasts on its website of the “best ever results by a sixth form college in the UK”: 68 of its pupils have been offered places at Russell Group universities, the elite of British tertiary institutions.

The academy student Onkar Singh, of East Ham, will study modern languages at Cambridge. Downing College held its selection interview with him in Portuguese, which the 18-year-old taught himself.

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