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Bridging the Gaps Conference 2017

The Bridge Group

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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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.

Confirmed Speakers

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

Melanie Richards
Vice Chair, KPMG UK

Tunde Ogungbesan
Head of Diversity, the BBC

Professor Mary Stuart
Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Nick Hillman
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

Conference Themes

  • 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

Do you have questions about Bridging the Gaps Conference 2017? Contact The Bridge Group

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15 Canada Square
E14 5GL London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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The Bridge Group

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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