BRIGHT sixth-formers who come from poor homes in Huddersfield are being invited to spend an all-expenses paid week in July at one of Britain's top universities."

The invitation comes from millionaire philanthropist Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the educational charity the Sutton Trust.

The offer is part of a national campaign to encourage some of the most talented state school students from across the country to aspire to places at four of the country's top-ranked universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

It follows research published earlier this week by the Sutton Trust which showed students from less-well-off homes are underrepresented at top performing state schools.

An analysis of the highest-ranked comprehensives in England showed that only 5.6% of their pupils were entitled to free school meals, compared to a national average of 14.4% and average of 11.5% in those schools' postcode areas.

Sir Peter, chairman of the Sutton Trust, set up in 1997 to help non-privileged children, said: "The social exclusivity of our high-performing schools clearly has a negative impact on the make-up of our universities.

The Trust will pay for about 650 students from across the country to spend a week in July at a choice of Bristol, Cambridge, Nottingham or Oxford universities.

They will attend lectures, meet tutors and take part in the usual social activities with help from current students acting as mentors.

Priority for places will be given to students aged 16 and 17 from non-privileged backgrounds whose parents are in non-professional occupations and did not go to university.

Anyone interested should call 0208 788 3223 or download an application form from www.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday March 1.