Muhammad Gangat

Speech: Universities Minister calls for true social mobility

“Speaking to the NEON summit on widening access and mobility, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, outlines a new approach to social mobility.” “I’ve been impressed by the innovation some providers have shown and it is now more important than ever to share ideas and good practice. Initiatives such as upReach show what can be done. They’ve Read More

Muhammad Gangat

The Guardian: Help springs up for UK graduates facing bleak job market

“New graduates facing the toughest labour market for 75 years can increasingly turn to innovative schemes set up to redirect them into areas of need.” “Last month the charity upReach set up Assessed Virtual Internship, a programme to help graduates whose career opportunities have disappeared.” “John Craven, the chief executive of upReach, said: “We created Read More

Muhammad Gangat

Financial News: The race and ethnicity gap – Finance sector’s deafening silence on diversity in its ranks

“Financial services executives have come out in droves supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but tackling racial diversity within their own firms is a tougher challenge. John Craven, chief executive of charity upReach, which works with banks and fund managers to increase socio-economic diversity, said that 72% of the 1,600 students the organisation has helped Read More

Muhammad Gangat

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

Muhammad Gangat

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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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

Muhammad Gangat

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

Muhammad Gangat

Law firm extends social reach

Slaughter and May and upReach partner to launch legal sector access programme as firm builds on pioneering work in social mobility. The Law Springboard, which is a programme designed to improve access to the legal sector for high potential undergraduates from low socio-economic backgrounds, will support 90 students through personalised one-to one support, skills workshops, Read More