Social barriers into higher/education

The School of Social Sciences (UWE Bristol) welcomes you to join us for a panel discussion

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Date and time
Fri 24 March 2023
17:00 - 19:00
Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Further info
Craig Johnston
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The discussion panel brings together academics, practitioners, advocates and researchers from across a range of educational, community based and public sector settings.

It is open to everyone, including those who are interested in social differences and social themes relating to race, poverty, health inequalities, pathways of the working-class people to and through higher education, leaving a legacy in local neighbourhoods, and envisioning a positive future for widening participation.

We welcome anyone with lived experience of the themes and want to get more informed on issues related to the social barriers to higher education.


17:00 – Welcome

Introduction and Scene Setting

  • Dr Craig Johnston – Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol, Co-Founder/Deputy Chair Alliance of Working-Class Academics
  • Dr Alex Blower – Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and the Students' Union at UWE.

17:20 - Panel discussion

This panel discussion will contribute to understandings of the barriers to higher/education in and across professional fields by bringing together a diverse delegation of academics, and sector representatives. Together, we will seek to better understand the underlying issues affecting professionals and to address any concerns regarding social mobility, race, disability and poverty from a cross-sector, interdisciplinary perspective.

18:20 – Open to the public Q&A session

18:35 – Drinks and social networking session for all

19:00 – Finish


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Smeaton Road
Spike Island

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