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    What a fairer tuition fees system would look like and how it may be achieved

What a fairer tuition fees system would look like and how it may be achieved

Carl Cullinane explains why a system of stepped fees and restored maintenance grants would reduce average levels of debt, and target resources at those from low-income households who need it the most, at a more moderate cost to the taxpayer.

Since university tuition fees were introduced in 1998, the issue has become a political flashpoint for successive governments, and Theresa […]

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    On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

Is intelligence determined by genetic factors? Questions such as this are regularly being debated, a recent example having been an article by Toby Young on what schools can be expected to achieve in light of scientific evidence on cognitive ability. Leon Feinstein explains what science actually says, and, most importantly, what it doesn’t say about heritability.

In October 2017 Teach […]

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    Which subjects bring the best career outcomes for UK university students?

Which subjects bring the best career outcomes for UK university students?

One of the most important dilemmas young people face if they’ve chosen to pursue Higher Education is which subject to study. Should they study something they’re passionate about, or the subject with higher chance of good graduate employment and higher income? Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster explains why STEM graduates have an advantage in getting jobs and in mental wellbeing, but […]

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    Over half of MPs went to comprehensives – but a career in politics is still far from accessible

Over half of MPs went to comprehensives – but a career in politics is still far from accessible

Consecutive governments have failed to properly address educational inequality in the UK. Is there more hope now that the number of comprehensively educated MPs is growing? Rebecca Montacute explains why politics still remains almost exclusive to the most well off, and what policies could help get more state school pupils into politics.

The 2017 House of Commons has been praised […]

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    Glass floors and slow growth: a recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility

Glass floors and slow growth: a recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility

Debates around inequality often focus on upward social mobility. But there is another side to the coin, write Abigail McKnight and Richard V. Reeves. Serious problems are being created by the fact that those from better-off families are protected from downward mobility, combined with slow economic growth and its impact on the creation of well-paid jobs.

Generations of British and […]

Why Theresa May’s gamble at the polls failed

What was the impact of Brexit on the 2017 general election result? What difference did the collapse of UKIP make? And what was the relative importance of factors such as turnout, education, age, and ethnic diversity on support for the two main parties? In a new article forthcoming in Political Quarterly, Oliver Heath and Matthew Goodwin answer these questions.

Theresa May’s […]

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    Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

The gender divide in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics study is more complicated than most researchers, policy makers, and practitioners previously thought, writes Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster. She explains that young women’s social circumstances play a key role in whether they choose to study STEM at university.

There is a vast amount of research showing that women are less likely to […]

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    Just how elitist are the higher education backgrounds of our political leaders?

Just how elitist are the higher education backgrounds of our political leaders?

Sharon Feeney, John Hogan, and Brendan K. O’Rourke compare the influence, exclusiveness, and eliteness of the Irish and British higher education systems in the production of governing political elites between 1937 and 2012.

Had he been elected, Jeremy Corbyn would have been just the fourth British prime minister since 1945 not to be an Oxbridge graduate. In a country of […]