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Secretary of State for Education visits the University

14 Dec 2017 2:00PM

The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities has visited the University of Suffolk to discuss issues of social mobility.

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP met with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Richard Lister ahead of a meeting with representatives from the Ipswich Opportunity Area Partnership Board.

‘Opportunity Areas’ have been described as social mobility “cold spots”. Twelve areas have been selected from those identified in the social mobility index published by the Social Mobility Commission.

Funded by the Department for Education and hosted by the University of Suffolk, the work of the Ipswich Opportunity Area will focus on providing children and young people with the chances and choices to fulfil their potential and to increase social mobility.

Earlier in the day (Thursday 14 December) Justine Greening launched the government’s Social Mobility Action Plan with a speech in the inaugural Reform social mobility conference.

University of Suffolk Vice-Chancellor Richard Lister said of her visit “The University is strongly supportive of the Government’s efforts to improve social mobility. We are already working right across the region to improve the life chances of school pupils and students of all ages and I was pleased to be able to brief the Secretary of State of the significant progress being made.”

The Secretary of State also met with University students and representatives of ‘Take Your Place’, a government funded programme  delivered by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco), which aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education by 2020. Neaco is a consortium of five universities including the University of Suffolk and eight further education colleges across East Anglia.


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