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The Bridge Group is recruiting! Research Officer (Higher Education)

An exciting new post has been created to support the Bridge Group in its research activity to promote social equality. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about achieving social equality who can undertake robust qualitative and quantitative research, working with the support of a more senior researcher. This role will focus on higher

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The role of degree apprenticeships for social justice in higher education and employment

On 23 January, the Bridge Group held a seminar to improve understanding of the role of degree apprenticeships for social justice and assess the evidence of their impact so far. Our discussion was chaired by Professor Margaret House (Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Trinity University) and our expert panellists were: Professor Steven McIntosh (University of Sheffield), Professor Tim

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Bridge Group response to the Office for Students’ consultation on access and participation

The Bridge Group is pleased to respond to the Office for Students’ consultation on access and participation because accurate data and sound planning are essential to progress on socio-economic diversity and equality. The OfS’s proposals for the regulation of access and participation contain much that is sound in principle, but for which the implementation requires

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Bridge Group works with broadcasters to increase socio-economic diversity

Ofcom’s latest report on diversity and equal opportunities in television highlights the role of the Bridge Group in helping leading broadcasters to better understand social mobility and monitor socio-economic diversity. We have collaborated with the 5 main broadcasters to build their capacity to gather information on social and economic background and to utilise it effectively

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Bridge Group launches new report on socio-economic background and early career progression in the Law

The Bridge Group, in collaboration with eight global law firms and the Sutton Trust, has today launched the first ever study on the correlation between background characteristics and early career progression in the legal profession. The research includes the analysis of data relating to over 2,800 early career professionals and interviews with current and former

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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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