Vice-Chancellor joins Social Mobility Advisory Group
Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, has become a member of a new Social Mobility Advisory Group launched recently to provide advice to the government and support for English universities to improve access and long-term success for under-represented groups in higher education.
Universities UK (UUK) launched the new group recently following the government’s announcement to improve social mobility in a number of areas of society including universities, the armed forces and the police by 2020.
The Social Mobility Advisory Group, which will be chaired by the Chief Executive of UUK, Nicola Dandridge, will include representation from vice-chancellors, schools, colleges, government, employers and participation practitioners. The group will publish a report in the summer which will be given to the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP.
Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “As a University with a long history of increasing and widening participation in higher education, it’s a real privilege to be asked to share our knowledge of creating opportunities and make a valuable contribution to improving social mobility.
“In its work, the group will look at the entire student journey, from aspirations at school, to the process of applying to university, through to career progression once students graduate. The group will also consider the options available for people later in life, such as for those who need to develop their skills as their job changes or those who were unable to attend university when they were younger.”
Commenting on the launch of the group, Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of UUK, said: “Student decisions about what to study and where must reflect their ambitions and aspirations and not their social background or where they live. It is important that their decisions take into account the full diversity of our universities and the range of courses on offer. Universities are committed to making higher education available to anyone who can benefit, regardless of their background.”
Membership of the Social Mobility Advisory Group will include:
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Date Issued: 4th February 2016