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Less advantaged students not as likely to choose subjects they enjoy, new study finds

10 November 2017

Students whose parents had only GCSE qualifications were found to be less likely to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, when compared to students whose parents had a degree.

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Vocational GCSEs may be holding girls back, research suggests

22 August 2017

Girls who take ‘applied’ subjects, such as health and social care or home economics, at GCSE may be facing educational disadvantage as a result, a new study has found.

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Poorer students’ subject choices may be putting them at a disadvantage, study finds

13 August 2017

Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may be held back by their A-level subject choices when applying for prestigious courses such as law at leading universities, new findings suggest.

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Baby boomers show deep divisions on the way to retirement

2 August 2017

Substantial numbers of baby boomers, especially lower and middle earners, are expecting to work past state pension age.

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Being on a zero-hours contract is bad for your health, new study reveals  

5 July 2017

Young adults who are employed on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health, and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs.

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Twentysomethings think hard work doesn’t pay nowadays, new study finds

30 June 2017

Sixty-four per cent of 25-year-olds disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that ‘Britain is a place where hard work is rewarded’, suggesting that many twentysomethings do not see Britain as a ‘meritocracy’.

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Next Steps Age 25 data now available

22 June 2017

Now that the participants have turned 25, this new data will allow researchers to explore how their educational choices, family resources and experiences in adolescence have influenced their life chances so far. The data includes extensive information about cohort members’ lives at this pivotal time.

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Childhood IQ predicts how much people earn in their fifties, study finds

4 May 2017

The mental capacity of 11-year-olds helps predict their financial success in later life, according to findings from the 1958 British birth cohort.

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International Women’s Day – we cannot take progress for granted

8 March 2017

What can cohort studies show us about gender equality? Founding Director of MCS and Emeritus Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography, Heather Joshi explains in an IOE London blogpost.

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Lower income women more likely to drink in excess of official guidelines

22 February 2017

Among women with young children, those in low-income households are more likely to exceed recommended levels on alcohol, according to a new study.

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Millennials who chose an apprenticeship over university are just as happy with their lives, study finds

26 January 2017

Twenty-somethings who pursued vocational training rather than university report being just as satisfied with their lives, according to new research

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Generations of less advantaged children face higher risk of mid-life obesity, study finds

11 January 2017

Three generations of children from less privileged homes have reached middle age at greater risk of being overweight or obese than their better-off peers, according to findings published in PLOS Medicine.

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