Bridge Group conference


Bridge Group conference

In its headline event of the year, the Bridge Group is today convening over 200 leaders and practitioners across sectors to advance social equality. The event, hosted by the BBC at Broadcasting House, will have a sharp focus on the latest evidence and the practical action that government, educational institutions and employers can take.

Headline speaker John Amaechi, psychologist and New York Times best-selling author commented: “This is a rare opportunity for colleagues to engage across sectors to debate practical solutions to the most important challenge of our time. Everyone should expect provocation, debate, and an important opportunity to share the latest evidence about what works.”

The event will focus on social equality, access and success in higher education, and socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Keynote speeches and audience debate will focus on applied, cross-sector approaches.

In her role as Chair for the opening session, Polly Toynbee (journalist and writer) added: “Our impressive line-up of speakers promises to fuel reflective and thoughtful debate, but will also root arguments in what needs to happen. The Bridge Group is dedicated to applying evidence to drive effective practice.”

The event is sold out, but film and audio material will be shared afterwards. Please click here to view the programme.

Key themes include

  • Social equality in the current political and economic climate

  • Socio-economic diversity and its relationship with other diversity characteristics

  • The role that school attainment plays in perpetuating inequalities

  • Access and student success in higher education

  • Practical strategies to achieve more inclusive organisational cultures

  • The role of the charity and wider third sector in driving change

Speakers include

  • John Amaechi (Psychologist and author)

  • Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • Christina Blacklaws (President, Law Society)

  • Professor Tim Blackman (Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University)

  • Professor Vikki Boliver (University of Durham)

  • Professor Danny Dorling (University of Oxford)

  • Dr Sam Friedman (Associate Professor, LSE and author of The Class Ceiling)

  • Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead (Director-General, BBC)

  • Gordon Marsden MP (Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills)

  • Emran Mian (Director-General, Strategy, Department for Education)

  • Nik Miller (Chief Executive, Bridge Group)

  • Melanie Richards (Deputy Chair and Partner, KPMG UK)

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