Bridge Group Report Launch

Tuesday 12th Feb 2019

The influence of place: geographical isolation and progression to higher education

2.30 – 4.30pm

Linklaters, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ

We’re launching an influential report on the role of place on progression to higher education. With the support and commitment of colleagues in the Rural and Coastal Disadvantage Working Group we established in 2015, we have uncovered findings that reveal the failure of social mobility policies to attend to the needs of young people living in remote communities. Recent rhetoric about geographical inequality has not been matched with meaningful action to address uneven outcomes determined by place and social class.

We expose the scale of the challenges facing young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds living in remote areas, their invisibility in much of the data gathered to report on social mobility, and the need for reforms to educational and widening participation policy. Additionally, we offer a series of practical recommendations to promote change across education providers, government, and the third sector.

Speakers at the event include

  • Dr Sarah Dauncey, Head of Policy, Bridge Group
  • Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Michael Donnelly, University of Bath, Principal Investigator on ESRC-funded spatial and social im/mobilities project

This event will be of interest to policymakers, researchers, leaders, and practitioners from government and education and charity sectors.

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There is no charge to attend but places are limited.

The report has been published here