Our Mission

RISE is a new think tank, part funded by the University of Bolton to conduct research into areas of education and social mobility policy in the Bolton area as well as nationally.

Given the current emphasis from government on the levelling up agenda, we believe this is the time for a new think tank that focuses on developing policy geared towards the northern regions. We are not politically affiliated and aim to make contributions that influence policy and practice and contribute positively to social mobility in action.

Our Three Defining Features

Moral Purpose

Unique Position

New Approach

Moral Purpose

RISE is driven by an unrelenting moral purpose

Our aim is to ensure that we create within our early year’s settings - schools, colleges and universities - the learning conditions where every student and young person can reach their potential – wherever that may lead.

Unique Position

The University of Bolton Group is uniquely placed to address this agenda

We aim to do this by encompassing the full range of education provision, pre-school setting, all through 5 – 19 school on the University Campus, a University Partnership Multi Academy Trust, the merger with Bolton College and the acquisition of the Anderton Outdoor Centre.

New Approach

RISE is an action-oriented think tank, committed to high impact strategies

These strategies are formed from a combination of existing and new evidence-based approaches. Our strategies will be implementation friendly, reflecting the focus on moral purpose, raising aspirations, and improving access to high quality education, enhancing attainment and, ultimately, achievement in social and economic terms.

In Summary

Regionally Based

RISE is a regionally based organisation that will influence national policy on social mobility.

Moral Purpose

Driven by moral purpose, rooted in inclusive educational practice and research the RISE team will work in partnership to promote and inform social mobility.

Research Framework

The RISE research framework, based on a model generated by the World Economic Forum, will standardise rigorous research practice across all phases of education.

Collaborative Approach

RISE is committed to collaborating with business, university and third sector leaders to understand and change the social mobility landscape.

Social Mobility

RISE will focus our work to generate a future that provides social mobility for all.