Nudge-u-cation - Can behavioural science boost education and social mobility?

29 March 2018

On the 28th of March 2018, we hosted our annual lecture, Nudge-u-cation: Can behavioural science boost education and social mobility? We would like to thank keynote speaker Dr David Halpern, panellists Professor Sandra McNally and Chris Brown, and our guests for helping us to create an insightful and interesting discussion.

Our thanks to Nomura, once again our headline sponsor for event, and YouGov for the research discussed in detail last night.

The evening

The evening began with a keynote speech from Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team, in which he detailed the history of BI and the application of the theory in the education and social mobility space.

We then welcomed further discussion from our panel of experts. Chaired by Lord Gus O’Donnell (PBE Chairman), our panel, consisting of Professor Sandra McNally from the University of Surrey and Chris Brown, Principal of the Bridge Academy, made thought-provoking contributions to the discussion. We also enjoyed lively contributions from our audience. To watch the video of the lecture, please visit our website where it will be uploaded soon.

Support our work

This year, we will continue to focus on wellbeing with a particular emphasis on working with charities in the education and social mobility space. Many of you kindly donated to Pro Bono Economics through our Eventbrite page; if you feel motivated by last night’s discussions and wish to support our work, please visit our Virgin Money Giving page.

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