Fair access to HE (live)

This major research project by The Strategic Society, supported by The Pearson Think Tank, Pearson College and Universities UK, explores whether young people are deterred from going to university by financial costs.

Exploiting large-scale longitudinal datasets, analysis will identify the factors that determine whether potential students are wary of the financial costs of university. Research will then explore the characteristics of this group at age 13, and how their experiences shape their subsequent attitudes. It will also explore who in this group does not go on to university, who does, and why?

This research aims to represent a major leap forward in the evidence base for policymakers seeking to ameliorate the potential negative effects on university participation and social mobility of the increase in the tuition fee cap to £9000, aiding both the targeting and design of policy.

    Event summary: rising tuition fees and fair access to HE

    Back in July we launched the Fair Access to HE report by The Strategic Society Centre, supported by Universities UK, Pearson College and the Pearson Think Tank. Apologies for the delay getting this out, we had some ‘technical difficulties’ – sigh. The report is here, the event presentation here and a summary video is below.... Read on

    Access for All – new research analysis on tuition fees

    Launching Monday 8th of July at Pearson’s 80 Strand HQ, this research was carried out by the Strategic Society Centre and supported by UUK, Pearson College and the Pearson Think Tank. Launch event speakers include David Willetts, Les Ebdon, Roxanne Stockwell, UUK, Brightside and the IFS – Chaired by John Gill, Editor of Times Higher.... Read on

    David Willetts to give keynote at launch of Access For All research

    Ensuring all young people feel able to go to university has become even more important since the rise in tuition fees. This new analysis, carried out by the Strategic Society Centre and supported by the Pearson Think Tank, Pearson College and UUK, explores their financial concerns, which groups are more vulnerable and what policies might... Read on

    New research launched to explore if young people are put off university by the cost, and why

    A major new research project has been launched exploring whether young people are put off going to university by the cost, and if so, why. “Access for All: Evidence on Young People and the Costs of Higher Education” will look at the decisions of over 5,000 young people to investigate what factors drive young people... Read on