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Advancing social equality

The role of higher education, employers, and government

By The Bridge Group  

This article was produced in association with The Bridge Group

In the current political, economic, and social climate, the matter of social equality has never been more important. The Bridge Group, an influential and independent charity based at King’s College, is hosting its annual conference in May 2019 – a unique opportunity to join leaders and practitioners from across sectors to explore and identify practice to advance change.

A wide range of academics, charities and business leaders will meet to discuss what can be done to encourage social mobility in the face of this growing challenge. Key policy areas covered will include: access and success in higher education; socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and income equality. The event will take an applied, cross-sector approach through keynote speeches, lively debate, and audience discussion.

Tuesday 21st May 2019: 11am – 4.30pm (followed by a networking reception)
Radio Theatre, BBC Broadcasting House
London W1A 1AA

Tickets are almost sold out – register here

Themes of the conference

– Social equality in the current political and economic climate
– Socio-economic diversity and its relationship with other diversity characteristics
– The role that school attainment plays in perpetuating inequalities
– Access and student success in higher education
– Practical strategies to achieve more inclusive organisational cultures
– The role of the charity and wider third sector in driving change

Speakers include

– John Amaechi (organisational psychologist and New York Timesbest-selling author)
– Professor Janet Beer (Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, and President of Universities UK)
– Christina Blacklaws (President, Law Society)
– Professor Tim Blackman (Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University)
– Professor Vikki Boliver (University of Durham)
– Dr Sam Friedman (Associate Professor, LSE and author of The Class Ceiling)
– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian, Crossbench Peer, Broadcaster)
– Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead (Director-General, BBC)
– Gordon Marsden MP (Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, and Skills)
– Emran Mian (Director-General, Strategy, Department for Education)
– Nik Miller (Chief Executive, Bridge Group)
– Melanie Richards (Deputy Chair and Partner, KPMG UK)

Since its launch, the Bridge Group has established itself as an authoritative, independent voice on social mobility. The Charity undertakes leading research and policy analysis to inspire equal access to education and employment amongst young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The Group identifies, and challenges, barriers to progression that are determined by background whilst also advocating for the social, cultural and economic benefits of diversity.

The Bridge Group has undertaken commissions from a wide range of organisations including the Cabinet Office, the Wellcome Trust, KPMG and the Sutton Trust. The Charity is non-partisan, and is not associated with any political party.


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