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upReach partners with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help improve students’ access to Financial Services

The social mobility charity upReach has partnered with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in an effort to help improve access to the Financial Services sector for students from less-advantaged backgrounds. Through this new partnership with BofAML, funding will support upReach’s new ‘Banking and Finance Springboard’, a programme designed to help 90 students from less-advantaged Read More

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Associate blog: Fatima on how upReach helped her secure a dream internship

  “I cannot emphasise enough how much upReach has helped me!” King’s Associate and Spring Insight Programme convert to Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fatima explains what upReach means for her. How has your experience with upReach helped you? Being an upReach Associate has been incredible! Being the first in my family Read More

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Untalented rich still earn more, says Greening

The BBC reports. Low-ability youngsters from wealthy families go on to earn more money than their more gifted, poorer counterparts, Education Secretary Justine Greening has said to a Social Mobility Commission event. Children from high-income backgrounds who show low academic ability at age five are 35% more likely to become high earners than poorer peers Read More

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upReach calls for private girls schools to boost gender diversity in the workplace by opening up career events and guidance to local state school girls.

On Dads4Daughters day, upReach call for private girls schools to open up the exclusive career opportunities they provide to girls from less advantaged backgrounds. (x) John Craven, CEO of upReach, said, “If Clarissa Farr, and the Girls School Association are serious about addressing gender diversity, they should open up the exclusive career opportunities that they Read More

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Contextual data is key in recruitment processes

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Grant Thornton recently undertook an experiment in their recruitment process: a relaxation of academic requirements. The Sunday Times recently reported that they have reaped the rewards in not only a newly diverse workforce, but a very successful and productive one too. In 2013, they dropped their previous requirements Read More

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A more inclusive City of London

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator The Lord Mayor’s comments last week on the City of London’s socially exclusive culture is a welcome contribution to the conversation surrounding social mobility in finance and other professional sectors – a conversation that upReach has been championing, particularly with its recent partnerships with Nomura and Bank of Read More

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Access and the creative industries

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Recent comments from BBC Director-General Lord Hall on the BBC’s difficulties with tackling social exclusivity serve as a positive recognition of an issue that has long affected the creative industries. Though the problem is well-known, the extent of the issue continues to surprise. There is a substantive history Read More

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Outcomes of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

the upReach View, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator: Last week the All Party Parliamentary Group reported its findings on social mobility, or the lack of, in top professions. upReach’s CEO, John Craven, was part of a panel giving evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group alongside former Associate Archie Brixton and the Chief Executive of The Read More