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Our agenda-setting research identifies the root causes of low social mobility and promotes effective solutions through education and employment.

Since 1997 we've published over 200 reports, many of which have gone on to influence national policy.


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The Lost Part-Timers

Prof Claire Callender and John Thompson investigate the decline in part-time students in England.

15 March 2018
Home and Away

Sol Gamsu and Michael Donnelly explore how staying at home to study is differentiated by ethnicity and social background.

27 February 2018
Rules of the Game

Gill Wyness analyses the university admissions process and whether it may be a driver of the access gap.

19 December 2017
Fairer Fees

Fairer Fees assesses reforms to student finance which would introduce means-tested fees and reinstate maintenance grants.

16 November 2017
Admissions in Context

This report provides new evidence on the use of contextualised admissions amongst a group of highly selective universities.

Aspirations Polling 2017

Our annual polling with Ipsos MORI on the higher education aspirations of young people aged 11-16.

09 August 2017
Mobility Manifesto 2017

Our Mobility Manifesto sets out ten policies to put social mobility at the heart of the 2017 election campaign.

03 May 2017
Teachers’ Oxbridge perceptions polling

The Sutton Trust has surveyed 1,697 primary and secondary school teachers on their perceptions to Oxbridge through the NFER...

12 October 2016
Access in Scotland

This research analyses the current state of play for widening access to higher education in Scotland, drawing comparisons with...