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Diversity and Productivity: Barriers and Facilitators in the education pipeline

On Tuesday 20th of February 2024, The Inclusion Initiative (TII) hosted a research seminar in collaboration with the University of Sheffield to showcase the latest Diversity and Productivity research findings.

Claire Crawford

 The event was opened by Dr Claire Crawford, Associate Professor, UCL Centre for Education Policy & Equalising Opportunities. Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies.  

The full day seminar centered on three research segments which gave participants the opportunity to learn more about the latest research findings and ask the researchers questions.

The first session of the day titled ‘Setting the scene: variation in education and labour market trajectories across groups’ was chaired by Dr Grace Lordan, Director of The Inclusion Initiative. The session focused on three papers; the long shadow of persistent poverty with Professor Steve McIntosh, labour market transitions for individuals with special educational needs with Dr Claire Crawford and the returns to labour market trajectories with Oliver Anderson.

Steve McIntosh

In the afternoon session, chaired by Professor Andy Dickerson, the focus turned to barriers affecting job entry and progression. Professor Lindsey Macmillan presented the first paper titled "Occupational Hazard: Inequalities in Labour Market Mismatch," examining disparities in job fit. This was followed by Dr. Jasmine Virhia's qualitative study on the enablers and barriers to productivity in professional work.


To end the day, the DAPEW research team presented on alleviating constraints in the education pipeline moderated by Dr Claire Crawford. Challenging stereotypes in economics was presented by Professor Sarah Smith who highlighted the amazing work of Discover Economics. Finally, Nick Ridpath discussed the long-term impact of the Education Maintenance Allowance.


Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to scrutinize the research methodology and findings. This interactive dialogue led to valuable insights, prompting the researchers to refine their methods for more robust and rigorous research outcomes.


We were privileged to welcome individuals from many backgrounds including academia, policy and industry. A huge thanks to our host the University of Sheffield, our presenters, our guests and the TII team.

To participate in this exciting research on Diversity and Productivity, please get in touch here.

There is no cost or reputational risk to participate, and firms will have the opportunity to advance understanding about Diversity and Productivity in their teams.

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