Social Mobility Advisory Group: progress report 1

Report of the first meeting of the Social Mobility Advisory Group, on Friday 5 February 2016. 

The group brings together higher education leaders, sector experts in widening participation, admissions and equality and diversity, and the NUS with representatives from government, schools, colleges and employers. 

The following key themes emerged from the meeting: 
  • ​The importance of taking a lifecycle approach
  • Encouraging institutions to take whole institutional approaches and universal interventions to reduce inequality
  • The need to create inclusive and supportive environments and increase the sense of belonging for underrepresented groups
  • The impact of place, and importance of engagement with Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • The need for improved evaluation of current practice and better ways of sharing successful interventions
  • The importance of engagement between schools, colleges, universities and employers to support social mobility at a time of change and competition
  • The need to review systems, funding and structures for addressing social mobility in higher education, given the changes in the funding environment and reforms to structures and systems​
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