IntoUniversity Seminars

The work we do at IntoUniversity raises many wider questions about education and social policy: the role of ‘aspiration’ in students’ long-term success; the effectiveness of ‘early intervention’ work with young people; whether schools alone can ever close the achievement gap between rich and poor.

We will be exploring some of the educational and social issues behind our work in a series of 4 seminars, run in partnership with UBS, over the coming 12 months. Our first two seminars will take place in July and October this year.

The economics of underachievement
12 July 2010 9.30am – 11am
UBS, 1 Curzon Street, Mayfair., London.

Does educational failure have an economic impact? Or is our concern about underachievement just a moral objection to inequality? Is there an investment return on state spending on education? What is it that private schools are ‘selling’ – education, social advantage, enhanced personal development?


Dr Jo Blanden
University of Surrey

Andrew Dilnot
St Hugh’s Oxford

Dr Lee Elliot Major
The Sutton Trust

Understanding Aspiration
6 October 2010 9.30am – 11am
UBS, 1 Curzon Street, Mayfair., London.

What is Aspiration? How is aspiration generated? Can it be taught or encouraged? Can it be measured?


Mary Ann Sieghart

Dr Simon Griffiths
Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Dr Loiuse Gazeley
Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex

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