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Institute of Education

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Research themes

Our cutting-edge research seeks to inform evidence-led policy and practice to equalise opportunities.

Inequalities in educational attainment open early and widen throughout school, and this inequality has consequences for adult outcomes. But childhood circumstances still remain an important predictor of adult success, over and above educational attainment.  

Our research explores how the education system, and the wider practices of universities and employers, can be improved to equalise opportunities. 

Our current research programme has four main themes