MPs to investigate lower post-university employment rates for lower-income students
18 March 2022
The Education Committee questions key higher education stakeholders on why students from lower income backgrounds and some minority groups are less likely to complete university, receive top grades, and proceed to employment.
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- Education Committee
Tuesday 22 March 2022
- Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive, Office for Students (OfS)
- Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
- Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice President, Universities UK
- Professor Debra Humphris, Chair Professor, University Alliance
- Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education, National Union of Students (NUS)
MPs also expect to examine how universities are currently using online and blended learning, and to what extent in-person teaching is being allowed to take place. The advantages and disadvantages of both approaches are likely to be discussed.
With student wellbeing at its “lowest level yet” post-pandemic, the session is likely to investigate whether universities are doing enough to protect student mental health and what further steps they could take.
Freedom of speech may also be discussed, with possible questions being asked of the effectiveness of the Government’s current Freedom of Speech Bill.