Join the Debate
A full programme for the conference is now available here.
The Bridge Group conference in 2016 highlighted the urgent need to respond collaboratively to the challenges of educational progression and access to the professions.
This year’s dynamic conference is an even greater opportunity for senior stakeholders from across sectors to interrogate key aspects of the student journey into higher education, and the professions.
Solutions will be sought. Delegates will be invited to contribute throughout.
The conference will feature the latest research, evidence and practice (including new findings from the Bridge Group), with keynote addresses, panel debates, group discussions, and networking.
We are grateful to KPMG for hosting and sponsoring the conference. Their support means that only a modest fee applies. Colleagues who find the registration fee prohibitive should contact us directly.
Registration includes attendance at the post-conference drinks reception until 7:00pm, and hard copies of two Bridge Group reports that will be published on the day of the conference. These will focus on: the latest evidence on promoting diversity in the professions; and the effects of geography on young people's outcomes.
Further speakers to be announced.
The Rt Honourable Ben Gummer MP
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Professor Danny Dorling
Professor of Human Geography, University of Oxford
Vice Chair, KPMG UK
Head of Diversity, the BBC
Professor Mary Stuart
Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
Nicola Roche CBE
UK Sport Board Member, Director of the 2012 London Olympic Games
Professor Tim Blackman
Vice-Chancellor, University of Middlesex
Professor Les Ebdon CBE
Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, OFFA
Dr Lee Elliot Major
Chief Executive, the Sutton Trust
The role of universities and employers in supporting pupil attainment;
Access to higher education, with a focus on the effect of geography;
Student success and retention in higher education, and the role of university careers services;
Practices and policies of employers in driving change; and
Third sector input and coordination.
Who Should Attend?
The event is aimed at influencers, senior colleagues and practitioners across the education, employer and third sectors; attendees will be invited to contribute throughout the event.
We are delighted that panel sessions and workshops will feature, amongst many others:
Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust
Dr Louise Ashley, Researcher, Royal Holloway University of London
Mark Corver, Director of Analysis and Research, UCAS
Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Bath; and Chair of HELOA
Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor, London School of Economics
Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation, King's College London
David Johnston, Chief Executive, Social Mobility Foundation
Dr Paul Wakeling, Researcher, University of York
The Bridge Group is an independent, charitable, policy association researching and promoting social mobility.
Social mobility means improving life chances and harnessing abilities and strengths for societal progress.
Registered charity 1162144
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