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UCL Institute of Education launches new research centre

3 February 2020

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) today (3 February) launches a new research centre which works to ensure people have equal opportunities to succeed across their life course.

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The Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) will offer insight and impact at every stage of the life course, across early years, schools, tertiary education, and adulthood.

Led by Professor Lindsey Macmillan, the team brings together different perspectives from economics, education, psychology, and social statistics. This means that the team can work with a joined-up approach.

They will take into account multiple factors through their different perspectives to create informed education policy and practice.

The Centre is already undertaking vital work looking at regional differences in social mobility, teacher mental health, the impact of selective schooling systems on later outcomes, and the school transitions of children with special educational needs, among others.

Professor Macmillan said: “We are one of the most unequal countries in the developed world, in terms of outcomes and opportunities. It is fundamentally unjust that certain groups in our society have unequal access to quality education and to well-paid, rewarding careers. Our research will drive change, identifying barriers to opportunity in under-explored areas, using innovative methods and thinking, and co-producing evidence-led policy solutions to reduce these barriers.”

CEPEO will be celebrating the launch of the Centre at an event on the evening of 26 May in Central Hall, Westminster. Professor Macmillan will discuss the challenges in delivering practical policy research to tackle unequal opportunities with Professor Robert D. Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University. Professor Putnam will also be launching his new book ‘The Upswing’.

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