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Tackling Britain's social mobility problem

Stephen Machin (CEP, LSE), Lee Elliot Major (Sutton Trust), Sanchia Berg (BBC)

Thursday 07 November 2019 18:30 - 20:00

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

About this event

What can we do to improve Britain's low social mobility - one of the most pressing issues facing young people growing up today?

Listen to a recording of the event:

Every Prime Minister since the end of World War Two who has attended an English University has attended just one institution: Oxford.

Meanwhile, 100,000s of children leave school each year without the basics to get on in life. Britain suffers from low social mobility. But how can we improve it? Our panel will discuss potential solutions, and you the audience will vote on the solution.

This event is part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science. It is free to attend and open to all. Places are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Sanchia Berg is s a senior BBC reporter/correspondent. She works on Radio 4's Today Programme and on BBC2's Newsnight, specialising in Education and Social Affairs.

Lee Elliot Major is Professor of Practice at the University of Exeter and former CEO of the Sutton Trust.

Stephen Machin (chair) is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

About the book

Co-authors Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin introduce groundbreaking research in their best-selling book Social mobility and its enemies;  sparking discussion of what can be done to improve social mobility that goes beyond the sphere of education.

Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


This event will take place in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

The building is labelled CKK on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.