The role of socio-economic class in reproducing inequalities in higher education access, participation and progression is well documented. However, definitions of class are contested, definitive data are difficult to collect and class is only one element of an individual’s identity. Taking an intersectional approach, this exciting event explored both the structural effects of socio-economic inequalities and the impact of class-based cultures on individual identity.
Professor Diane Reay introduced the day in a keynote presentation which was followed by an expert panel including Professor Nicola Ingram, Professor Vikki Boliver, Assistant Professor Derron Wallace, and Dr Tamsin Bowers-Brown, who explored different aspects of socio-economic class and educational inequalities. In the afternoon Annette Hayton discussed how the NERUPI Framework could be used to address class-based inequalities and Nathan Robertson from the University of Derby, Liz Simmons from the University of Bath and Dr Mark Walmsley from the University of East Anglia presented pre-entry, transitional and on-course practice examples. Delegates then engaged in discussions to identify next steps.