The report is an examination of the research evidence on how and how far adult andtertiary education can lift poor young people and adults out of poverty. In undertaking this review the authors were guided by JRF’s definition of poverty as a general lack of sufficient material resources for young people and adults to meet their needs. In addition, the report recognises that access to material resources is influenced by complex power dynamics that reflect aspects of young people’s and adults’ agency – that is, what they feel they can do (alone or with others), and what is under their control. It is also about those factors that appear to constrain that agency, that are beyond their control and that reflect the structuring influencesof society more generally. The report also recognises that poverty manifests itselfin the context of a complex web of social characteristics – gender, ethnicity, disability.and sexual orientation in particular – whichcan act to moderate or to worsen the effectsof poverty.