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10th July, 2019

‘First in the family’: higher education choices and labour market outcomes


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10th July, 2019
13:30 - 15:00
1-19 Torrington Place

‘First in Family’ (FiF) refers to students who attend university (and obtain a degree), but whose mother and father did not. Fifteen of the 24 Russell Group universities explicitly target these individuals in their WP campaigns, although little is known about their characteristics.

This seminar will present the first results from a study on FiF students, including how they compare to their peers who are not FiF students. This project is the first large-scale research study on FiF in England.

The research by Anna Adamecz-Volgyi, Morag Henderson and Nikki Shure explores to what extent FiF is a useful indicator for widening participation, that is, how well it proxies existing measures of disadvantage. Discussion will then explore the decisions FiF students make in terms of HE institution, subject choice and non-completion as compared to their non-FiF peers at university. Furthermore, how being FiF affects labour market outcomes, including probability of employment and whether earnings differ by FiF status, is investigated.

Open to all, this seminar provides a space for debate and analysis. It forms the second research seminar in the Social Mobility and Access to Higher Education series, organised by the UCL Access and Widening Participation team.

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