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Fitzwilliam College: upReach helping students fulfil career ambitions

John Craven, CEO of upReach, was interviewed as an Alumnus story by Fitzwilliam College, on his contribution to social mobility through upReach since he founded the student shadowing scheme in 1999 as Fitzwilliam and Cambridge University Students Union Target Schools Officer. (Source: Fitzwilliam College) He tells fitz.cam.ac.uk: “upReach’s vision is of a society in which everybody Read More

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eFinancialCareers: What’s the front office, middle office and back office of a bank?

John Craven, CEO of upReach, contributes to an article explaining the differences between front office, middle office and back office roles in investment banks. (Source: eFinancial Careers, Sarah Butcher) Front office investment banking jobs have traditionally been the easiest to define. “Historically, front office jobs in investment banks were those trading on behalf of the Read More

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Outstanding Achievement in Charity and the Third Sector Winner Rochelle Watson Shares Her Motivations

Rochelle Watson studies Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University. She has been involved in a number of initiatives to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including being a mentor with a social-enterprise, Spiral; volunteering with Kingston Welcare, a service aimed at promoting the holistic wellbeing of children and families via a range of projects, Read More

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People Management: Employers could be required to report ‘class pay gaps’ under social mobility proposals

John Craven, CEO of upReach, comments on a call by the Trades Union Congress to introduce legislation to tackle class inequality in the workplace, which includes their suggestion of making it compulsory for employers to report class pay gaps. (Source: People Management, Siobhan Palmer)  Social mobility charities welcomed the TUC’s proposals for “shining a light on Read More

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Financial News: Big banks lean on eight elite universities for new recruits

John Craven, CEO of upReach, was asked by Financial News to comment on their investigation into the educational backgrounds of 600 investment banking trainees, which found continued elitism where more than half of trainees hired by London’s biggest investment banks come from just eight of the UK’s top universities. John Craven, a former equity derivatives salesman Read More

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upReach Ten Winner Yasmin Reid-Linfoot shares her journey to success

Yasmin Reid-Linfoot studies Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Having achieved four A*s at A Level, she graduated from her first year with the highest results in her cohort. She has dedicated her time at university to inspiring other students from non-traditional backgrounds, and has taken on the role of Mentor Communications Read More

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Bloomberg: upReach CEO on Boosting Social Mobility, Equal Opportunities, U.K. Workforce

Bloomberg Equality spoke to upReach Chief Executive Officer John Craven, a former BAML trader who gave up the city and runs a charity to help students from less-advantaged backgrounds. While the job market is tough, if you’re from a working-class background it’s even tougher. Researchers have found highly qualified employees in the City of London and elite Read More