Our vision is a higher
education system and labour market where outcomes are
determined by competence
and hard work, and not by
Why our work is necessary
The link between background and educational and employment outcomes is more profound in the United Kingdom than in many other developed countries. It divides our society and hinders our creative and economic productivity.
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.