Tara’s Story

Name: Tara Home town: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Career aspiration: Senior Civil Servant I am a mixed-race student living in the poor part of a wealthy town in the north of England. Most schemes which encourage students to aim higher target other schools in the area, due to the below-average performance of mine. My father didn’t […]

Angelo’s Story

Name: Angelo Home area: Haringey, London Professional sector: Medicine Career aspiration: Doctor I was introduced to the SMF through a college email. I saw that the programmes offered many great opportunities ranging from tailored university visits to even an internship specific to your sector. This really encouraged me to apply, since I wanted to have […]

The Happy Secondee: Seasonal Reflections from the C.O.O.

I approach Christmas 2014 with 9 weeks into my 12 month secondment.  I wanted to take the opportunity, almost at the turn of the year, to give some reflections on the experience, the work and connections. As Head of Social Mobility at KPMG, my team and I have been focused on working internally with specialist […]

New Support for the SMF

Essex Court Chambers Essex Court Chambers, a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in commercial, international and European law, will be working with SMF students who are interested in pursuing a career at the Bar. Through the delivery of workshops and skills sessions to our sixth-formers and undergraduates, they will be equipping students with increased […]

Manchester Winter Reception

The SMF’s North West and West Yorkshire team’s inaugural event for employers and professional supporters, kindly hosted by DWF LLP, was attended by SMF graduates, teachers and professionals from across the North West who heard from Stephanie McGovern, BBC breakfast business presenter, as she discussed her own experiences of social mobility throughout her academic and […]

Senior KPMG manager joins SMF as COO

The Social Mobility Foundation is very pleased to announce the arrival of Deb Conner to the SMF team as Chief Operating Officer. Deb, Head of Social Mobility at KPMG, is being seconded to the SMF by the firm for a period of 12 months as part of their commitment to the SMF and to the […]

‘The best two weeks of my life’

This summer saw the largest number of students ever participating in our residential programmes. Five organisations running six residential programmes helped almost 200 students gain invaluable work experience in their respective future careers. The Civil Service, J.P. Morgan and Linklaters LLP built on support provided in previous years, along with two new firms offering 25 […]

Natasha’s story

Coming from a working class background, a career in law always seemed out of my reach. I am the product of generations of teenage parents. Neither of my parents went to university and for some time I was convinced that I wouldn’t fit in with legal professionals, due to my accent, upbringing and culture. However, […]

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