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University of West London professor wins award for breaking down barriers

The head of the Centre for Inequality and Levelling (CEILUP) at Ealing’s University of West London, Professor Graeme Atherton has been named as a winner at the prestigious Purpose Coalition Awards 2023, Breaking Down Barriers.

Professor Atherton won the Positive Destinations for Young People award for his commitment to breaking down barriers to opportunity and boosting social mobility.

The winners were announced by the chair of the Purpose Coalition, former education secretary and MP Justine Greening, together with Engagement Directors,  Anne Milton and Nick Forbes CBE.

The Purpose Coalition is made up of some Britain’s biggest Universities and businesses in the UK. The organisation’s cross-party work brings together the UK’s most innovative leaders, Parliamentarians, and businesses to improve, share best practice, and develop solutions for making society and business more equitable.

Professor Atherton said: “I am delighted to receive this award for my work in inequality in education and employment. It’s fundamental that less advantaged young people are given every chance to succeed. Education is central to unlocking a myriad of opportunities.”

Ms Greening said: “I’m absolutely delighted to give out these awards. They are testament to the creativity and determination of those who have put social mobility at the top of their agendas. At a time when the country is continuing to face economic and social challenges, it is more important than ever to shape what it means to make a positive impact.”

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