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Social Mobility and Its Enemies

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Social Mobility and Its Enemies

Why is climbing the social ladder so difficult in Britain - and what can we do to create a fairer society? Are we all enemies of social mobility? Can universities and schools do more to level the playing field? And what are the prospects for future generations? Exeter’s honorary professor, Dr Lee Elliot Major, will talk about his new Penguin book Social Mobility and Its Enemies. The book, which has generated much public and media debate on the topic, summarises evidence on social and income mobility, and argues that background still determines life prospects to a large degree in modern Britain.

Dr Lee Elliot Major

Dr Lee Elliot Major is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading foundation improving social mobility through education. The Trust improves educational opportunities for thousands of non-privileged young people each year and influences Government policy through its research and advocacy work.

He is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, and chairs its evaluation advisory board. Lee commissioned and co-authored the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit summarizing evidence on what works to improve school attainment for disadvantaged pupils, a resource that has been used by thousands of schools and replicated in countries across the world.

He is an adviser to the Office for Fair Access. He was previously an education journalist, working for the Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement. He regularly appears in the national press commenting on education issues and writes a regular ‘Explainer’ column in the Times Educational Supplement. He is currently writing a book on Britain’s social mobility problem to be published by Penguin.

He has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield for services to education and appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter. He was the first in his family to attend a university.

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