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North Highland and upReach partner to improve social mobility

upReach and North Highland are delighted to announce a new partnership seeking to tackle the issue of differential progression of graduates into top professions based on their social background. In a year-long program, North Highland will lead four “sprints” throughout 2018. These volunteer efforts will enable upReach to accelerate its growth and increase its impact Read More

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New social mobility research exposes deep employability skills gap between state and private schooled students

Social mobility charity upReach is today launching innovative new research that demonstrates the employability skills gap between those from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Preliminary findings using extensive data collected from over 1,500 students across the country show significant differences in some of the key employability skills and experiences required to secure prestigious graduate employment. upReach surveyed Read More

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Baroness Helena Kennedy becomes patron of upReach

upReach, a charity providing programmes of support to help bright undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to secure top jobs, has announced that Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University, is to be its first Patron. upReach was founded in 2012 to tackle the disadvantage that students from poorer backgrounds face in securing Read More

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upReach launches new recruitment tool encouraging employers to consider contextualised A-Level grades

upReach is launching an ambitious new campaign to encourage all employers to follow the lead of universities and embrace the use of contextual data, with the innovative new REAL tool. Employers taking advantage of the new contextualised A-Level grades, known as REALratings, can identify hidden talent they may otherwise miss. For decades, universities have used Read More

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upReach welcomes Social Mobility Employer Index; calls for employers to make greater use of contextual data

Commenting on the launch of the Social Mobility Employer Index, which for the first time ranks employers on the actions they are taking to boost social mobility, John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, the social mobility charity said: “upReach welcomes this important benchmarking exercise and encourages those firms that didn’t participate to seek to achieve Read More

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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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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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upReach proud to announce new partnership with Nomura for aspiring undergraduates from low-income backgrounds

upReach are delighted to announce a new partnership with Nomura to further extend the charity’s support for undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to help them access top graduate jobs. upReach works closely with high-potential undergraduates on a 1-to-1 basis, providing a personalised programme of support to help them develop their employability skills and build their network Read More

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Employers should be banned from “auctioning life opportunities” – upReach

Commenting today on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s annual State of the Nation report[1], John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, said: “The Commission rightly highlights the shockingly low percentage of those in top professions who are from working-class origins.[2] While some top graduate employers are trying harder than ever to attract young people from Read More

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upReach calls for £300m Independent School Pension Levy to end the teacher recruitment crisis and boost social mobility

An estimated 2000 teachers leave state schools to teach in the private sector every year (net). Teachers at private schools benefit from a pension subsidy estimated to be £500m. On a day when eleven thousand BHS employees have discovered that their jobs are at risk and pensions will likely be cut, the true value of Read More