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Report launch of Mismatch in higher education at the Nuffield Foundation

By Nuffield Foundation

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The seminar, chaired by Mary Curnock Cook, will summarise findings from new research, led by Dr Gill Wyness of the UCL Institute of Education about the extent of ‘match’ between student academic credentials and the course they attend, the characteristics of students more likely to mismatch, the impact of this on university and labour market outcomes.

The researchers will present findings about the extent to which students from lower income families are missing out on opportunities to attend high-ranking universities, even though they have the right A Level results. The event aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss these findings and consider the implications for how universities and the broader education system can support these students when choosing university courses.

Lastly, please note that due to the constraints of our listed Georgian building, we are sadly unable to provide access or facilities for wheelchair users. If you have mobility needs, please contact us for guidance in advance of the meeting. Please also contact us in advance if you require a hearing loop.


  • Mary Curnock Cook
    Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - 2017
  • Location
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • 28 Bedford Square
  • England
  • WC1B 3JS
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We improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We offer our grant-holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking. Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.