NEON Summit: Access to Higher Education, white young people and social class: Are we making any progress?

NEON Summit

  • Date


  • Time

      9:30 am - 4:00 pm

We know that white young people are less likely to apply for higher education and also have lower levels in attainment at school. In recently years the sector have been asked to “improve participation amongst young white males from lower socio-economic groups, whose participation is particularly poor”. However, are we making any progress?

NEON are keen to support the sector by holding this one day summit to highlight this issue and bring it to the forefront of our work.

During the day we will:
• Review the latest research into the progression, retention and success of young white males from disadvantaged backgrounds;
• Hear from UCAS about the progress that has been made;
• Share insights into current practice that specifically supports this target group;
• Discuss future strategies to ensure HEIs can make progress in this important area.

There will be contributions from:

Lord Storey CBE, Education Spokesperson for Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords
Charlie Brown, Lead Data Scientist, Contextual Data Service, UCAS
Luke Tryl, Director of Corporate Strategy, Ofsted
Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow, School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth
• Professor Brian Murphy, Director of Access Digital and Distributed Learning, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland
• Dr Erik Cownie, School of Applied Social and Policy Studies, Ulster University
Lewis Croney, second-year Mathematics student at Trinity College, Cambridge


For the programme of the day – please click here.


Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.

Membership organisation rate: £149 – 25% discount for NEON members only
Non-member organisation rate: £199

Date: Thursday 14th February
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4.00pm
Location: London, 5 minute walk from Russell Square station or 10 minutes from London Euston station