iCeGS Annual Lecture 2018

Date and time
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
14.00 - 15.30

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Social justice

Our annual iCeGS annual lecture will be delivered this year by Liz Atkins, our Professor of Vocational Education and Social Justice. Her lecture will explore the social impact of innovative level 1 vocational courses and career guidance on the outcomes for young learners in an island community.

Her lecture will give you the opportunity to explore the topic of social justice through a practical example. Understanding the widening of the economic and social gap within communities is very relevant to the world we live in and increasingly important from the perspective of career guidance.

Research shows that students who undertake level 1 broad vocational programmes face significant social and economic challenges and have very poor outcomes in terms of employment and further education. Around 50% become NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) and those who do progress into employment predominantly move into low-pay, low-skill, and insecure work.

Despite this, a number of studies have shown that young people undertaking programmes at this level have aspirations similar to their higher achieving peers but lack the family support and knowledge of career pathways and entry criteria to realise those aspirations (Bathmaker, 2001; Atkins, 2009; Atkins and Flint, 2015).


An ongoing project at Guernsey College is evaluating the medium-term impact of a new curriculum model designed to enable more successful and less insecure transitions to work for young people undertaking broad vocational education at level 1. In response to earlier research, Careers Education and Guidance forms a central plank of the curriculum and this presentation focuses on that and the ways in which the college supports the career aspirations of the young people on level 1 programmes in order to promote more socially just outcomes for this marginalised group.

Professor Liz Atkins has previously worked at universities in the UK and Australia. Her research interests are focused on school-to-work transitions through vocational education and the ways in which these are mediated by social class. She is currently working on a project around the level 1 curriculum which is funded by Rothschild and based at Guernsey College. Her new book (with Vicky Duckworth), Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education, will be published by Bloomsbury in March, 2019.

Join us

The event will be held on Tuesday 18 December at Kedleston Road Campus, from 2pm - 3.30pm. Please join us for seasonal drinks and mince pies at the end of the lecture.

Places at the iCeGS Annual Lecture are free. If you would like to register for a place at the event then please do so by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9Y5TXBK

For more information please contact:
Nicki Moore - Senior Lecturer in Career Development at iCeGS - n.moore@derby.ac.uk
Paul Challacombe - Research Project Co-ordinator at iCeGS - p.challacombe2@derby.ac.uk