CGHE joint event

The path to higher education: socioeconomic disadvantage in plans and outcomes

  • Thursday, 20 Sep 2018 14:00 - 17:00
  • 106 Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PP


A CGHE/British Academy event.

Efforts to ‘widen participation’ in higher education have not yet reached their goal of getting significant numbers of young people from low participation backgrounds into higher education, especially at ‘elite institutions’ or degree programmes with high labour market returns.

One important step in achieving this is to better understand when the gaps in plans and outcomes between advantaged and disadvantaged young people occur so that policy can be better targeted.

At this event, we will explore aspirations, applications, academic ‘undermatch’, those who are ‘first in the family’ to attend university, and later labour market outcomes to gain a more complete picture of the challenges facing the widening participation agenda.

2:20 Welcome – Nikki Shure (UCL Institute of Education and CGHE)

2:25 Ambitious university plans and GCSE performance – John Jerrim, Nikki Shure, and Gill Wyness (UCL Institute of Education)

2:50 Socioeconomic inequality in access to high-status colleges: A cross- country comparison – John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education)

3:15 Academic undermatch among high-attaining disadvantaged students: school, neighbourhood, and regional factors – Stuart Campbell, Lindsey Macmillan, Richard Murphy, and Gill Wyness (UCL Institute of Education and CGHE)

3:40 ‘First in family’ university graduates – Morag Henderson and Nikki Shure (UCL Institute of Education and CGHE)

4:05 SES gradients in graduate earnings outcomes – the roles of subject and institution – Matt Dickson (University of Bath)

4:30 Discussant – Lorraine Dearden (UCL Institute of Education, IFS, CGHE)

4:40 Discussion

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