Latest Publications

We research all aspects of education and work, but we focus particularly on aspects that political debate often neglects: further education; vocational and technical education; apprenticeships and lifelong learning; in-work poverty.

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Signal failure: How can we get more value and less waste from our education system?

This paper discusses the issue of signalling in education – the possibility that some forms of education may do little directly to improve learners’ skills and effectiveness, but may be used primarily to demonstrate or ‘signal’ their pre-existing traits or ability.
Published: 30 September 2021
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Chris Percy
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The education divide is about disrespect: why it matters and what graduates should do about it

Disrespect causes disruption – Decision-makers and people with influence urgently need to address the deficit in respect between graduates and those without a degree, recognising that the emphasis on high-level...
Published: 21 September 2021
Author: Rt Hon Stowell of Beeston
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Guaranteeing a rapid recovery

This briefing paper explores how innovative solutions can help to secure a rapid economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, regarding both jobs and financial resilience.
Published: 20 September 2021
Author: Scott Corfe
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Baby bust and baby boom: Examining the liberal case for pronatalism

This briefing paper considers the liberal case for explicitly ‘pronatalist’ policies that aim to increase the birth rate in the UK.
Published: 20 September 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya
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Help at hand: poverty and London’s business community

This research shows that whilst poverty is not currently the top ESG priority for many businesses in London, there is an appetite among many firms to confront the problem.
Published: 21 July 2021
Author(s): Richard Hyde, Jake Shepherd
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A question of time: current working hours, preferences and the case for a four-day week

This briefing paper brings new data analysis to the debate, examining who wants and who stands to benefit from a four-day week – and what that means for the case...
Published: 12 July 2021
Author(s): Jake Shepherd, Aveek Bhattacharya
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A matter of perspective? Outlook inequality and its impact on young people

This report explores young people’s “outlook” in the UK, the role of outlook in shaping life outcomes, and how policy can respond in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published: 07 July 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya
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A stake in success: Employee share ownership and the post-COVID economy

This report sets out the case for an expansion of employee share ownership in the UK, and for the share ownership agenda to form a key part of a “fair and strong economic recovery” narrative as we emerge from the Coronavirus crisis.
Published: 04 May 2021
Author: Scott Corfe
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Not just other people’s children: what the public thinks about vocational education

In this briefing, we present the results of a nationally representative survey which shows that the general public believe vocational qualifications to be just as useful and desirable as a university degree.
Published: 22 April 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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