Social Mobility – What universities can and can’t do

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:56:00 BST

Social mobility considers how someone’s adult outcomes relate to their circumstances as a child, with low social mobility often impacting on the life chances of a large section of our society.

The Sutton Trust, a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy, argue that “low social mobility and lack of educational opportunity is the biggest social challenge of our times: the income gap between the richest and poorest in society continues to widen, while education opportunities remain overwhelmingly dominated by children from the most privileged homes”

Policy@Manchester in conjunction with our Institute of Education will be hosting a public event to consider what universities can and can’t do in relation to social mobility, examining the limitation of education as a driver of mobility and what higher education might do to tackle broader problems around social inequality.

The lecture will be given by Dr Lee Elliot Major Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, with a response offered by Shakira Martin, President of the National Union of Students.

This free public lecture will take place on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Further information and registration details can be found at the link below.