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No such thing as a free lunch: widening participation in English higher education for those on free school meals

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No such thing as a free lunch : widening participation in English higher education for those on free school meals. / Pickering, Nathaniel.

In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.11.2019, p. 57-80.

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Pickering, Nathaniel. / No such thing as a free lunch : widening participation in English higher education for those on free school meals. In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 2019 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 57-80.

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