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UK’s top universities urged to act on classism and accent prejudice

Investigation finds widespread evidence of students being ridiculed over their backgrounds

  • Case studies: ‘It’s had a lasting impact’

Universities must act to eradicate discrimination against working-class students, including the mockery of regional accents, equality campaigners have said.

A Guardian investigation has found widespread evidence of students at some of the country’s leading universities being ridiculed over their accents and backgrounds, in some cases prompting them to leave education.

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