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Does where you live matter when it comes to applying for university?

23 May 2024

For most young people in England, growing up in the north or south, by the coast or in the city, is less important to their educational progress than their socioeconomic background and whether they come from a deprived neighbourhood.

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Young adults taking longer to find work than preceding generation

17 April 2024

The proportion of UK graduates who found work straight out of university fell by nearly 30% between those born in the late 70s to those a decade younger.

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Blog: being excluded or truant from school leads to mental health problems – and vice versa

5 March 2024

New research shows children who struggle with their mental health are more likely to later be excluded from school and to truant. And exclusion and truancy can increase their mental health difficulties.

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New data release: COSMO Wave 2

21 November 2023

Data from Wave 2 of the COVID Social Mobility and Opportunities (COSMO) study is now available to researchers interested in exploring how COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis has affected the lives of 17-18-year-olds across England.

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39% of young people in the most deprived areas struggling to get mental health support

9 November 2023

Nearly two fifths of 17-18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas have struggled to receive the mental health support they need in the past year.

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Class of 2023 more likely to be ‘stay-at-home students’

10 August 2023

Up to 34% of A-level students are considering living at home if they get into their preferred university next week, according to new UCL and Sutton Trust research, using data from the COVID Social Mobility & Opportunities (COSMO) study.

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Men’s overconfidence helps them reach top jobs

24 April 2023

Men are 34% more likely than women to be employed in top jobs at age 42 with overconfidence explaining up to 11% of the gender gap, on average, for full-time workers.

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Poorest children have worse health and educational outcomes in adolescence

24 March 2023

Generation Z children born into the poorest fifth of families in the UK are 12 times more likely to experience a raft of poor health and educational outcomes by the age of 17 compared to more affluent peers, finds a new report led by UCL researchers.

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Almost half of young people with long COVID reported lost learning

30 January 2023

Around half of all young people who reported experiencing long COVID felt they had fallen behind their classmates due to the COVID-19 pandemic – with almost three in five saying that they had not caught up with lost learning – according to new research involving UCL.

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Almost half of young people experiencing mental health problems

23 November 2022

Poor mental health among young people (aged 16 and 17) has increased by more than a quarter since 2017, according to new research by UCL and the Sutton Trust, using the COVID Social Mobility & Opportunities (COSMO) study.

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Landmark study shows the impact of the pandemic on young people

13 October 2022

Four in five students report that their academic progress has suffered, and two thirds say their future educational plans have changed due to the pandemic.

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Association of children conceived via infertility treatments with school and mental health outcomes

28 June 2022

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction (MAR) fare better at school but are slightly more likely to have mental health problems by their late teens, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Helsinki.

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