Published date: 26 April 2019

Last edited date: 26 April 2019

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 3 May 2019

Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£70,000 to £100,000

Procurement reference


Published date

26 April 2019

Closing date

3 May 2019

Contract start date

3 June 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The Social Mobility Commission is inviting proposals for research to understand why disadvantaged students tend to cluster in low returning courses.

Across both classroom-based technical education and workplace training (i.e. apprenticeships), research suggests that disadvantaged students tend to cluster in course subjects with the lowest wage returns and be dramatically underrepresented in subjects with high returns. This research will build on these findings to understand why. It will attempt to understand what factors are the most influential, and therefore where policy interventions could make the greatest difference.

The Commission hypothesises that the following factors may be influential in the determinants of course selection: prior attainment, entry level requirements, careers information, advice, and guidance, aspirational differences, parental influences, cultural factors, network effects, geographic availability and employer recruitment practices. This list is not exhaustive, and researchers should work with the Commission to shape the research with their own input.

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Social Mobility Commission
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street