Predictable – and wrong: the usual suspects make the usual noise about Oxbridge admissions

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s annual report, published tomorrow, has already stimulated depressingly predictable commentary in relation to admission to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Blame state schools, they say, because some do not have a good enough standard of teaching and some don’t encourage applications. Such individuals can also doubtless confirm […]

Students gain an insight into the world of politics

Each year, Members of Parliament in Westminster and across the country invite SMF students to gain a unique insight into the world of British politics. By spending a week working alongside MPs and their staff in parliamentary and constituency offices, students develop their understanding of the role of MPs as well as broader current affairs […]

536 Personal Statements, from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Wight!

As competition to enter the top universities increases, a strong personal statement is crucial. A personal statement sets out why a student is suited to their chosen university course and what they offer as a candidate. It is often the only chance students have to “sell” themselves and can determine whether universities offer a student […]

Giving SMF undergraduates the competitive edge

2015 is not an easy time to be a university student. With high competition for graduate roles and an increasing awareness that academic grades alone are not enough, students from across the UK are feeling the heat. During this defining period in their lives, undergraduates naturally turn towards their support networks for advice and guidance. […]

Nick Clegg joins the Board of the Social Mobility Foundation

We are delighted to announce that the former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, has agreed to join the Board of trustees of the charity. Nick Clegg was the leading figure in the Coalition Government’s strategy to improve social mobility.   He will work with the other […]

“It seems that more women need to believe in themselves and definitely need to have the courage to take risks”. Our very first SMF Girls’ Network lunch.

This year the SMF conducted a report looking into girls’ engagement in our programmes. The findings showed that girls are underrepresented in certain sectors and aspirations and confidence can be lower, a narrative not unique to SMF girls. To address some of these imbalances, we are teaming up with different firms’ women’s networks to hold […]

Our latest summer placements – “Once in a lifetime opportunity”

It’s been a busy summer here at the SMF, so we thought we’d share an insight into the experiences of two students – one from our Medicine sector and one from our Biology & Chemistry sector – who both secured hospital placements with the Central Manchester University Hospitals via the SMF. Billy, a Year 12 […]

News from the North

This week we welcomed two new members to the Manchester team: Sam and Nikki. Sam will be working as our Employer Relations Officer, developing relationships with supporters across the North West and West Yorkshire. Nikki will be our new Aspiring Professionals Programme Coordinator, supporting SMF students and working with schools and colleges across the region. […]

SMF’s mentoring programme in full swing!

As we welcomed our 2015 student cohort, we have also welcomed on board our new cohort of mentors. We have tremendous support from our mentors, and it is growing year on year. This year we have welcomed nearly 1100 mentors! It is brilliant to see so many individuals interested in supporting our young people build […]

Time for professions to follow the best examples and judge ability to do the job not ‘holidays you’ve been on, places you’ve visited’

The Social Mobility Foundation today echoes the call by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission to make access to a top job genuinely meritocratic and suggests they follow the examples of the leading firms in their fields. Research published by the Commission today shows that too many firms are judging candidates on factors ‘associated […]

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