Chalk + Talk with Claire Crawford – The University Challenge: Social Mobility and Higher Education

Dr Claire Crawford of the University of Warwick and IFS will discuss Socio-economic differences in university participation and outcomes

Dr Claire Crawford, University of Warwick and Institute of Fiscal Studies

Date and time:
Thursday 5 February 2015, 1230 – 1330
A light lunch will be served from 1200

Social Market Foundation
11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

Despite the dramatic rise in university participation over the last 10-15 years, there remain sizeable benefits to going to university, at least on average. Yet in spite of recent efforts to “widen” participation, there remain substantial differences in the likelihood of going to university by socio-economic background. In this talk, Dr Claire Crawford will provide up-to-date evidence on the magnitude of these socio-economic inequalities, how they have changed over time and what drives them. She will also consider whether getting poorer students through the door is enough, given that returns tend to accrue to degree acquisition rather than university participation, and also vary by subject, institution and degree class. The talk will summarise new research into the magnitude and drivers of socio-economic differences in university drop-out, degree completion and degree class, and also investigate how early career earnings vary amongst graduates from different backgrounds.

Chalk + Talk is the SMF’s popular lunchtime seminar series, run in partnership with the ESRC. Chalk + Talk brings the best policy output from the world of academia into the heart of Westminster.

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