Welcome to our 2015 cohort!

We have been very busy over the last few weeks here at the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), kicking off the Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) with seven launch events across the country. Welcoming our largest cohort to date, we have hosted students in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester to introduce them to all the […]

Laurie’s story

I had always struggled in deciding what I wanted to do, at one point I wanted to be just about everything. Soon I decided that because I loved to write stories with my Nan and I loved books that  I would become a writer…or a librarian or a book shop owner. I decided to focus […]

Elite university entry amongst poor high achievers 20% higher if they join an SMF programme

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) today publishes an independent evaluation by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, which examines the SMF’s impact on the university destinations of young people on its programmes. It finds that the impact of its programme on participants, who are high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds, is […]

Yvonne’s Story

Name: Yvonne Home area: Camden, London Career aspiration: Barrister I am the eldest of three children. Neither of my parents attended university as they were refugees from the Vietnam War who came to the UK when they were teenagers. So when it came to higher education, I was clueless and dependent upon information from my […]

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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