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SMF: 2 years, 4 new offices & still growing!

Newcastle - Tyne - BlogAt the beginnng of the year, the Social Mobility Commission’s Index ranked all areas in England from 1 to 324 on how good they are for social mobility; the top 20% of areas were ranked as social mobility ‘hot spots’ and the bottom 20% as ‘cold spots’. While 30 of London’s 32 boroughs are hot spots, three regions – Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the West Midlands – have no social mobility hot spots at all. All 3 regions will have SMF offices by next year.

We’re very excited to have just opened offices in Birmingham and Newcastle. The SMF is now able to provide more support than ever to students across the North East and the West Midlands. The response from schools and employers across the regions has been very promising and we’re looking forward to building many more links with regional businesses who can help us support our students.

B&C FD - BlogWe opened our Manchester office – our first outside of London – two years ago. From here the team supports students across the North West and West Yorkshire. This year the Manchester team has run 35 events for students in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, hosted by a number of employers including Barclays, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (pictured right), Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Gradcore. Highlights include 3 Oxbridge Admissions Workshops, a tour of BBC North West, and Futures Days for our Biology & Chemistry, Engineering & Physics, Accountancy and Banking & Finance students. Upcoming events include an Oxbridge Interviews Workshop and a Media & Communications Futures Day. 

The Glasgow office has now been open for a year and serves the whole of Scotland. The Glasgow team has run 23 events this year, including its very first Engineering & Physics Futures Day, Young Women’s Event and Mentor Meet-Up. Looking forward to the autumn term the team will be getting new schools and students on board for 2017 and looking to run new events. Both the Manchester and the Glasgow offices are growing their undergraduate programme as our 2015 cohort enters university life.

“The SMF giving me the internship allowed me to do something I otherwise wouldn’t have done. I believe it made the difference in my UCAS application which put me above the rest, gaining me 5 university offers compared to friends with similar grades but no such experience only obtaining 2 or 3”. (Danica, Glasgow, now studying Law at the University of Edinburgh)

In the coming months we hope to engage with more employers to support students like Danica in 2017. If you live or work in any of our cities and would like to mentor or provide work experience to one of the young people we are supporting in your local area, we would love to hear from you. Please contact employers@socialmobility.org.uk.

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