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The geography of social mobility

Yesterday’s DfE report Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: a plan for improving social mobility through education put a strong emphasis on ‘place’, recognising that how young people ‘get on’ in life cannot easily be separated from the areas in which they grow up. I’ve blogged before, here and here, on the strong links between young people’s …

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The underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education: on the couch with BBC Breakfast

This morning we launched our report on the underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education, commissioned by King’s College London. Our research demonstrates that ongoing prejudice combines with poor school outcomes to make progression to university a struggle for many pupils. Lead author Ellie Mulcahy sat on BBC Breakfast’s red couch with Lisa …

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White Working Class Boys and Higher Education: International Press Coverage

Our latest report for Kings College London Widening Participation Department has received considerable interest around the world, featuring on Dubai Eye Radio in the UAE, Fox News in the US and, much of the UK press including the Daily Mail, Independent, Times, i, and Huffington Post. It has also been covered by sector publications like Schools Week, …

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The underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in higher education: are aspirations to blame?

Young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are underrepresented at high status Russell Group universities. Why is this? Data from a major panel study of young people suggests it has little to do with their aspirations to apply to university, their expectations that they will get in if they do apply, or …

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