Social mobility conference to explore university access

Monday 2 Jul 2018

AQA is partnering with leading social mobility charity IntoUniversity to host a conference on 5 July to explore the impact of where we come from on our chances of going to university.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

For young people from the poorest backgrounds, getting a degree can bring a host of life-changing benefits, including new career opportunities that can provide a route out of poverty.

But attending university is often linked to circumstance and surroundings more than personal choice.

The conference – The Geography of University Access – will explore the difficulties faced by young people from deprived areas in trying to access university education.

Drawing on a new analysis of the distribution of family poverty and Higher Education progression rates, the conference will look at:

  • A new map showing the local communities where young people are least likely to attend university;
  • The strategies and partnerships required to meet the needs of these young people.

The confirmed Speakers are:

  • Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students
  • Alex Scharaschkin, Director of Research, AQA
  • Colin Tyler, Partner, OC&C Strategy Consultants

James Lloyd, AQA’s Head of Policy, said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with IntoUniversity to explore this important aspect of social mobility.

“As an exam board, we’re keen to see all young people realising their full potential and making the most of the grades they’ve achieved at GCSE and A-level.”

You can keep up to date with the conference on Twitter via the hashtag #IUconf18 and by following @AQA.