Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Second Chances: Lessons for Research and Policy

Fri Jan 26 11:54:00 GMT 2018

Part of the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Research Seminar Series

This one-day seminar will focus on the potential of ‘second chances’ to improve social mobility both over the individual life-course and between generations; and consider past, present and future policies to promote these.

Many topical policy debates on child poverty and social mobility focus on early intervention. But this should not lead us to neglect second chances over the life-course and lifelong learning, with a particular focus on those who have not had the best opportunities first time round. This seminar will include an overview of ‘second chances’ education and opportunities both in the UK and internationally; a discussion of past, present and future policy initiatives; and an opportunity to hear from the front line.


•    Prof Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology, University of Turku, and Principal Investigator, ERC Consolidator Grant project ‘Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation’ (INDIRECT)
•    Prof Ingrid Schoon, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Institute of Education, University College London, and Research Professor, Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum),  Berlin
•    Prof Claire Callender, Professor of Higher Education Policy, University College London (UCL), Institute of Education, and Birkbeck, University of London, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL
•    Prof Tom Schuller, Visiting Professor, University of Wolverhampton, Chair of governors, Working Men’s College, and author, Learning Through Life
•    Teresa Donegan, Head of Learning and Organising Services, UNISON

About the series:

This series of conference and academic seminars funded by the ESRC, entitled, 'Child Poverty and Social Mobility: Lessons for Research and Policy’ is co-ordinated by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, University of Bath and the Social Mobility Commission. 

The events bring together academics and policy makers to help improve our understanding of both the causes and consequences of declining social mobility and child poverty in Britain; to assess the influence that policy has had on these trends; and to consider how best policy makers might now respond to declining mobility.

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