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Westminster’s Centre for Employment Research awarded £185,000

26 June 2018

The Economic and Social Research Council grant supports research into social mobility and the effects of selective education.

In 2017 Westminster Business School’s Centre for Employment Research (CER) was awarded a £200,000 grant by the ESRC to investigate ‘Early Identification of Young People at Risk of Poor Educational and Labour Market Outcomes: the Role of Educational Institutions’.  

The CER is delighted to have now been awarded a further £185,000 to conduct new research, ‘An Investigation of Social Mobility Using the ONS Longitudinal Study: sub-national variation and effects of selective education’ in 2018.

Over the next 18 months Professor Franz Buscha, Professor of Economics, in conjunction with Senior Research Fellow, Dr Augusto Cerqua, and Professor Patrick Sturgis, Professor of Research Methodology at the University of Southampton will investigate to what extent social mobility varies at the sub-national level.

Using longitudinally linked census data the team will explore, for the first time, where social mobility “hot” and “cold” spots are located geographically in England and Wales. They will also identify changes over time as they explore how social mobility patters have evolved between 1971 and 2011 across regions. Finally, they will examine to what extent grammar and other selective schools have impacted local social mobility patterns.

Professor Peter Urwin, Director of the CER said: “These awards recognise Westminster Business School as a leader in research into big data, using new analytical techniques across social science disciplines. The research will have significant policy impacts and shape future debates on social mobility. CER work in this area formed an important part of 2015 departmental funding submissions, it has been cited in the State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain report, and at the end of June, Professor Urwin will be at 10 Downing Street to share insights from his work. 

The CER focuses on three broad fields of research, skills, labour markets and programme evaluation, employment relations and employee voice, and equality and diversity.


About Westminster Business School:

Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, is one of London’s leading centres for professional business education. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, including the AMBA accredited MBA.

All of our degrees are professionally focused and prepare students for working in their chosen careers. Alongside our quality courses, students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements and study abroad. Our central London location provides strong links with the business and government communities enabling us to bring practitioners and experts into the classroom on a regular basis.

We have a diverse student population which reflects London’s demographic variety and every year we welcome hundreds of students from Asia, Australia, continental Europe and the United States. We also have visiting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Although we are a school with a strongly international outlook, we also offer a range of part-time qualifications for working professionals.


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