“I look forward to gaining invaluable knowledge from a professional who has already achieved what are only aspirations to me at the moment”

Over the last month, the Social Mobility Foundation’s (SMF) Year 12/S5 students have been busy getting their online mentoring relationship off the ground. Students are matched with mentor for a year from within the career sector they hope to enter. We have a fantastic pool of mentors, each bringing with them their own story and […]

SMF students take a break from revision and think about their careers ahead

Research has shown that meaningful career guidance and preparation is an important step to increasing social mobility. Setting achievable goals and identifying practical steps towards these goals, alongside meeting employers and employees, is considered good career guidance practice. Following on from SMF’s Easter events, sixth form students from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds got […]

7 – The magic number?

We have a seven second window of opportunity to make that first impression. Only 7% of communication is based on the words we use – according to research by UCLA, 55% of communication stems from our body language alone. But what does this mean in practice? At our Making an Impression workshops, students in Glasgow, […]

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. […]

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