Play Your Cards Right: Social mobility and higher education

Social mobility continues to be a lottery when it comes to university access. STEM ambassador Dr Ajay Sharman considers the challenges we face in broadening access to higher education for our most disadvantaged young people


If you ever watched Play Your Cards Right, you may remember that nine cards were randomly selected from the pack of 52 before being placed face down on the board. A contestant would then turn over successive cards, predicting whether each card would be higher or lower than the next.

Why do I mention this? Because getting to university should not be a lottery like this for young people who happen to come from more disadvantaged backgrounds.

Social mobility remains a crucial indicator in the creation of an equal and vibrant society. It is also a crucial factor in creating a healthy, opportunity-for-all, economy.

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