MIT and WISE Research Project Collaboration

WISE is delighted to be collaborating with the Department of Economics at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on a new research project, which will support students when making their applications to university.


Research shows that when making choices in their applications, most students prioritise information that they hear informally from peers and parents, rather than information from more formal sources (such as admissions guides and UCAS / university websites). Because of differences in who low and high socioeconomic status students know and interact with, this pattern might contribute to socioeconomic inequality in access to higher-tariff courses, which recent research has documented in the UK.

This research study will be run with Year 12 students and look at how different interventions can influence the choices that young people make around the universities and courses they apply for. The project will ultimately help improve equity in access to university education in the UK.

We believe this research will provide some key insights into how we can further close the gender gap within the STEM pipeline.


School Involvement

WISE & MIT researchers are looking for schools/colleges who would be happy to participate in the research in the Spring Term 2024. School involvement will include: 

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If this opportunity is something you would be keen to explore further, then please complete the form here and we will be in touch with further details.

Once the research has been completed in early 2025, WISE and MIT’s Department of Economics will showcase the findings at a launch event which you will be invited to, if you choose to participate.

If you have any questions about this project, please email Katherine Watson on