Convening 200 senior stakeholders from across sectors to advance social equality


Bridge Group Conference 2019

Social inequality is harmful for society, individual health and well being, and economic and creative productivity. The link between background and educational and employment outcomes is more profound in the United Kingdom than in many other developed countries.

This link affects individual lives, from university places all the way into the careers people have – and how far they progress in those careers.

  • Disadvantaged pupils in state-funded schools were half as likely to achieve a strong pass (9-5) in English and Maths GCSEs as other pupils (24.9% vs 50.1%)

  • Compared to other students, young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds are 7% less likely to secure a place at a leading English university

  • Only 6.1% of entrants to leading English universities are from low-participation neighbourhoods

  • Graduates from less advantaged backgrounds are less likely to gain entry to prestigious professions and career pathways, and to be promoted within them

  • Graduates who attended independent schools or who were from better-off backgrounds earn more once employed

Whether you are an employer, a university or a policymaker, we can work with you to change this, now.

This is why our vision is a higher education system and labour market where outcomes are determined by competence and hard work, and not by socio-economic background. Our mission is to make that a reality via research and promoting social equality in higher education and the labour market.

Support our work

The Bridge Group is a charity.

We generate funds for the charity through our consultancy work, and through the annual conference.

However, in order to achieve our ambitions to combat inequalities in the education system and labour market, we depend on support from a wide range of individuals and organisations. 

Current and previous philanthropic supporters include Independent Franchise Partners, the UPP Foundation, KPMG and Clifford Chance. KPMG and Clifford Chance have also provided significant pro bono support, as have the Inner Temple, Channel 4, the Boston Consulting Group and others.

We are very grateful for this essential support and value it highly, whilst maintaining resolutely our independence and objectivity.

If you would like to discover how you can take an important role in our work, please contact the Bridge Group’s Chief Executive, Nik Miller.