SMF students hit the road – university visits 2016!

As is customary at the SMF the Easter holidays have seen a period of sustained activity with staff and over 350 students collectively travelling the length and breadth of the UK to visit some of our elite universities. Students across our target cities travelled to universities from St Andrews to Southampton as part of the […]

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 […]

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