Seminar: Young people’s subject choices - influences and impact

17 November 2017

What influences students’ decisions about subject choice at school? And what impact do these choices have on their access to higher education?

The Nuffield Foundation is hosting a seminar to discuss what the research evidence can tell us about how students make decisions about which subjects to study, and the impact those choices have on their outcomes.

Chaired by Professor Anna Vignoles, the seminar will take place on Wednesday 29 November 2017 between 10.30am and 1.15pm, followed by a networking lunch.

The seminar will bring together findings from three Nuffield-funded studies:

  1. Socio-economic status and subject choice at 14: do they interact to affect university access? Jake Anders, Senior Research Fellow in Education, Evaluation and Inequality, UCL Institute of Education  Read more
  2. What can we learn from studies of pairs of twins about subject and other study choices? Kathryn Asbury, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology in Education, University of York  Read more  
  3. Does providing young people with information about future earnings influence post-16 subject choices? Peter Davies, Professor of Education, University of Birmingham  Read more

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Download full seminar programme (PDF)

To register for this seminar please email

Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

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.