Research Projects

Current projects include :

Labour market expectations, relative performance and subject choice

This research is funded by the Nuffield Foundation. This project investigates the beliefs of 16 year –old students about the financial benefits of higher education. It uses a ‘Randomised Controlled Trial’ design to investigate the effects of giving students information about earnings of graduates from different subjects. More information...

Evaluation of the University of Birmingham ‘Forward Thinking’ Outreach Programme

One of the University of Birmingham’s Outreach programmes is titled ‘Forward Thinking’. Students from local school are invited to take part in this programme which provides a range of experiences to inform and motivate a desire for participation in higher education. The programme is targeted at students in secondary schools who appear likely to be disadvantaged in relation to higher education participation. CHEEA is working with the University of Birmingham’s Outreach Unit (led by Gail Rothnie) to design data collection and analyse evidence which will help in evaluating the targeting and impact of this programme.

For further details contact Professor Peter Davies,

Literature Synthsis lessons from the Widening access, student retention and success national programme archive

Funded by the Higher Education Academy, this literature synthesis draws on its Widening Access, Student Support and Retention archive to review the contribution made by further education and sixth form colleges to widening participation. It focuses on the role of colleges in encouraging and supporting students from under-represented groups (in particular those on vocationally-oriented courses) to progress to higher education. It also discusses the role of colleges as dual sector institutions, offering higher education programmes in the further education sector. More information...

Contact Dr Marion Bowl,