Higher education funding and access: exploring common beliefs
This project aimed to inform the public policy debate on higher education funding and access. The researchers analysed several datasets to help shed light on the drivers of the socio-economic gap in higher education participation, as well as key features of the university experience.
Findings have been published in freely available reports available to download from this page, and have also been brought together in a book, Family Background and University Success, published by Oxford University Press. Key findings from the book were presented and discussed at a seminar and book launch hosted by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Fiscal Studies on 5 December 2016.
Part one includes presentations from:
- Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge: How large are the returns to university and how do they vary by institution/subject?
- Professor Lorraine Dearden, UCL Institute of Education and Institute for Fiscal Studies: How large are the socioeconomic status gaps in higher education participation and what drives them?
- Dr Claire Crawford, University of Warwick and Institute for Fiscal Studies: Socioeconomic status gaps in degree outcomes
Part two features:
- Presentation from Professor Emeritus John Micklewright, UCL Institute of Education: Policy Implications
- Responses to the book from Professor Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL, Office for Fair Access, and Dr Chris Wilson, The Brilliant Club
Dr Claire Crawford, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge
Grant amount and duration
01 July 2011 – 31 July 2015
Family Background and University Success - Differences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England. C. Crawford, L. Dearden, J. Micklewright and A. Vignoles. Published by Oxford University Press, November 2016.
- Undermatch in higher education: prevalence, drivers and outcomes
- An introduction to economics and quantitative social science
- Understanding Success: Expectations, Heterogeneity, and Inputs in Higher Education
- Data skills in geography
- Socio-economic status, subject choice at 14, and university access
- Information, Expectations and Transition to Higher Education
- Education, Behaviour and Policy