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Bridge Group Conference 2018

On 15 May, 200 senior leaders and experienced practitioners – from government departments, higher education institutions, charities, and the employer sector – attended our annual conference at KPMG. We were joined by a host of influential speakers who are defining the terms of debate around social inequality, including: Professor Mike Savage, Justine Greening, Alan Milburn,

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Policy Recommendations from Bridge Group Summit on Mature Students in Higher Education

On 19 March, the Bridge Group convened a summit to address the dramatic fall in the participation of mature students in higher education. Our expert panellists were: Professor Claire Callender (Birkbeck and UCL), Laura Burley (Head of Government and External Affairs, The OU), and Chris Millward (Director for Fair Access and Participation, OfS). Amongst our

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Raising the Stakes: Collective Action in Pursuit of Social Mobility

On 15 May, we’ll be gathering together senior leaders, experts, and experienced practitioners from across sectors to explore the barriers to higher education and employment for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Amongst our speakers are those who are defining the terms of debate and leading the way in innovative practice, such as Chis Millward (Director

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Our Response to the Government’s Social Mobility Action Plan

We welcome the Government’s creation of an action plan for improving social mobility through education and would like to see it supported through comparable initiatives in other Departments to ensure a joined-up, concerted and collaborative approach to drive forward change. We support the primary ambitions to ensure that all children and young people have access

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Bridge Group Publishes Research Commissioned by Leading Accountancy Firms

New research undertaken on behalf of Access Accountancy by The Bridge Group has revealed that while actions taken across the accountancy profession to improve social mobility has improved the understanding of young people from more challenging socio-economic backgrounds, there is still more to do. The research has been covered widely in the press, including in

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Bridge Group Chief Executive Addresses Guests at Birkbeck College Foundation Day Dinner

The Bridge Group’s Chief Executive, Nicholas Miller, addressed an audience at Birkbeck’s  Foundation Day Dinner on Wednesday 13th December. Birkbeck’s friends and supporters came together to discuss the fundamental importance of social mobility for employers, education and society as a whole at the College’s annual Foundation Day Dinner. The event, hosted by Professor David Latchman

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Bridge Group Appoints Academic Fellows

We are delighted to announce the establishment of a Fellows Network to recognise the contribution that a number of senior academics make to our work: for instance, by collaborating on research, sharing ideas and evidence at events, and providing informal expertise. The Fellows are leading thinkers on a wide range of subjects relating to social

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University Tuition Fees: What is a Fair Deal for Students?

The Bridge Group joined with HEPI to convene a seminar on university tuition fees on 19 September. Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, chaired a discussion with Professor Claire Callender, Paul Johnson, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, and Lord David Willetts. We would like to say an enormous thank you to Nick Hillman and our prestigious contributors for giving

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Sutton Trust Commissions Bridge Group to Evaluate its Programmes

The Sutton Trust has commissioned the Bridge Group to evaluate its Pathways programmes, which are designed to widen access to the professions amongst students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The evaluation will involve sophisticated data analysis and qualitative research with participants, university coordinators, and teachers. It builds on the Bridge Group’s extensive work on the role

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Research Published on Diversity in Science

The Bridge Group has released a report examining diversity at Wellcome, with respect to its recruitment and grant awarding practices. The report has significant, wider implications for the science sector in relation to diversity in the scientific community. An executive summary of the report is available here. Details about how its findings and recommendations fit in

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