Bridge Group Conference 2019


Bridge Group Conference

Advancing social equality: the role of higher education, employers, and government

Tuesday 21 May 2019

11am – 4.30pm (followed by a networking reception)

Radio Theatre, BBC Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA

In the current political, economic, and social climate, the matter of social equality has never been more important. Leaders and practitioners from across sectors explored and identified practice to advance change.

Key policy areas of the conference included: access and success in higher education, socio-economic diversity and inclusion, and income equality.

We took an applied, cross-sector approach through keynote speeches, lively debate and audience discussion, translating ideas into action.

Key themes included

  • 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 included

  • 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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