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Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity Launch

28 January 2019, 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

Woman in audience asking a question. Image: Justin Lui via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

This event celebrates the launch of the Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity (CSEE) and the start of their new seminar series called "Just Ideas".

Event Information

Open to







Logan Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

The seminar series "Just Ideas" launches with talks from Professor Becky Francis and Professor Carol Vincent, focusing on the question: “Could better grouping and mixing practices bridge class and race divides in society?”

Professor Becky Francis (Director of the UCL Institute of Education) will discuss “Ending poor practice in provision for low attainment groups - an imperative for social justice”.

Professor Carol Vincent (Professor of Sociology of Education) will discuss "Friendship and Diversity: adult and child friendships across social class and ethnicity" with Sarah Neal and Dr Humera Iqbal

The panel discussion will include:

  • Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement,
  • Fiona Millar, writer, journalist and campaigner on school issues. Author of “The Secret World of the Working Mother” (2009),
  • Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General-Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU),
  • Laura McInerney, Education Journalist and columnist in The Guardian, former editor of Schools Week, co-founder of Teacher Tapp,
  • Richard Bell, former policy and public affairs lead at The Challenge and Head of Secretariat to the APPG on Social Integration, writes on cohesion and integration issues.

The talks and panel discussion will be followed by drinks at 6pm, as well as the launch of Professor Vincent’s latest book (with Professor Sarah Neal and Dr Humera Iqbal), Friendship and Diversity: Class, Ethnicity and Social Relationships in the City (2018, Palgrave Macmillan).


This event is free and open to all however it does require registration with the link above.

Join the conversation on social media with #CSEEJustIdeas.