Bridge Group Conference 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Collective Responsibility and Collaborative Action:
Government, Universities, Charities, and Employers in Pursuit of Social Mobility

Click here to read a summary of the conference and key recommendations. 

  • A full conference programme is available here.
  • A list of organisations represented at the conference is available here.
  • A full list of speakers, and their biographies, is available here.

9:30am-5pm (followed by refreshments and networking)
Canary Wharf, London

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The Bridge Group’s conference in 2016 highlighted the urgent need for collective action to respond to the challenges of educational progression and access to the professions. 

This year’s dynamic conference builds on the themes from this event, convening senior stakeholders from across sectors to interrogate key aspects of the student journey into higher education, and the professions. The conference will feature the latest research, evidence and practice, including keynote addresses with Q/A; panel debates; round table seminar discussions; and networking.

With thanks to KPMG for hosting and sponsoring the conference.

The event is aimed at influencers, senior colleagues and practitioners across the education, employer and third sectors; attendees will be invited to contribute throughout the event.

An authoritative lineup of speakers will present new evidence, provoke debate, and invite contributions from delegates. Amongst the contributors are:

–  Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
–  Melanie Richards, Vice Chair, KPMG UK

–  Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, University of Middlesex
–  Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
–  Dr Tessa Stone, Chair, the Bridge Group
–  Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
–  Tunde Ogungbesan, Head of Diversity at the BBC
–  Nicola Roche, UK Sport Board; Operations Director, 2012 London Olympics
–  Nik Miller, Director of the Bridge Group

We will be exploring the following issues:

  •  The role of universities and employers in supporting pupil attainment;
  •  Access to higher education, with a focus on the effect of geography;
  •  Differential student success and retention in higher education;
  •  The role of university careers services in supporting graduate outcomes;
  •  Practices and policies of employers in driving change; and
  •  Third sector input and coordination.

Collectively, we can strengthen understanding and create opportunities to drive change.

Join the debate.