Summary of past programmes of research

Examples of our research and policy work are outlined below

  • A joint consultation, undertaken with the Cabinet Office, on the most robust and practicable way to measure applicants’ and employees’ socio-economic background to support the relief of disadvantaged groups; the output from this exercise is currently being piloted throughout the Civil Service.
  • A commission from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate how reforms to the legal qualification framework can most effectively support the relief of disadvantaged groups.
  • Establishment of a working group investigating the influence of place on unequal outcomes amongst disadvantaged groups, with a particular focus on rural and coastal communities. The group is chaired by Professor Mary Stuart, and comprises leading thinkers who will publish a report on this subject in May 2017.
  • Publication of a report on unequal graduate outcomes by socio-economic background, which included contributions from over 20 leading thinkers and influencers.
  • A commission from Access Accountancy to analyse datasets from approximately fifteen leading accountancy firms and professional, in order to benchmark diversity of intake to the profession, and to use data to identify how the relief of disadvantaged groups can be most effectively supported.
  • A published commission from the Head of the Civil Service on socio-economic diversity in the Civil Service. The Government accepted our recommendations, and the Minister for the Cabinet Office subsequently wrote to the UK’s 200 leading employers to advocate the report’s suggestions. The early results are positive: as a result of implementing our recommendations, the % of applicants from lower socio-economic groups has doubled (7% to 14%).
  • A commission from the Wellcome Trust (the world’s second largest charitable foundation) to investigate the way in which research funding grants impact on socio-economic diversity in the scientific research community. This piece of work involved extensive quantitative analysis, and over 80 interviews. Our final report has been submitted to the Trust, and is supporting the relief of disadvantaged groups.
  • A commission from the UPP Foundation to investigate the most effective and efficient ways in which university careers services can support the outcomes of students from lower socio-economic groups.