Jasmine’s Story

Name: Jasmine Home area: Greenwich Career aspiration: Systems Analyst My entire academic life has been spent at institutions in South London. The area is known for its low levels of entry to university. This, combined with living in a single-parent household, meant that going to university seemed like a far off horizon I could only […]

Jordan’s Story

Name: Jordan Home area: Newham Professional sector: Media & Communications University: University of Leicester I joined the SMF in August 2010 when I was in Year 12. I lived in an area of high unemployment and scarce opportunities. None of my family went to university and I assumed I would be the same way, since […]

Karen’s Story

Name: Karen Home area: Barnet, London University and Course: University of Nottingham, Accounting and Finance for China Career aspiration: Accountant I went to a school where it was an embarrassment to be in receipt of EMA. Because of my background, I was not expected to achieve good grades. Nonetheless, because I was a very determined […]

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 […]

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