upReach in the News

HEPI: How might Ofqual have avoided this turmoil?

Writing for the Higher Education Policy Institute, upReach Chief Executive explained how Ofqual might have improved their methodology to avoid the recent turmoil. Read the full blog here.  (Source: John Craven for HEPI) The blog is available on HEPI here ...
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BBC News: John Craven, CEO of upReach, on Ofqual’s grades algorithm

upReach’s Chief Executive, John Craven, was interviewed on BBC News about the algorithm used by Ofqual to calculate A-Level grades for UK students in 2020. John highlighted three major flaws in Ofqual’s methodology, based on upReach research which revealed the unfairness at the heart of the algorithm. (Source: BBC News, ...
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TES: A-level private school subjects see ‘rampant’ inflation

“Classical subjects dominated by private schools saw 10 percentage point rise in entries getting A*/A, compared to ‘no grade inflation’ in popular state subjects.” “Ofqual’s standardisation of A-level results has resulted in “rampant grade inflation” for niche “private school subjects” such as Latin and classics, according to a social mobility ...
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The Telegraph: School union – Why did it take so long for the Government to act?

“Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has also said that the cap on the number of university places will be lifted this year in light of the current crisis.” “However, many within the education sector have voiced skepticism over the government’s latest U-turn.” “John Craven, chief executive of social mobility charity UpReach, ...
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The Mirror: What happens now for A-level and GCSE students as exam downgrades are axed

“Thousands of teenagers will be celebrating after ‘downgraded’ A-levels and GCSEs were axed – but experts warn it may be too late for some to get into their university of choice. We’re trying to answer the biggest questions” John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, said: “It is not yet clear ...
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The Financial Times: Ministers and Tory MPs join calls for A-level results rethink in England

“Government announcement expected on Monday as research shows grades missed regulator’s targets” (Source: Bethan Staton & Laura Hughes, The Financial Times) The full article can be read online here.  ...
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Independent: A-level results: ‘Rampant’ grade inflation in Latin and classics, while state schools unfairly hit by lowered marks, charity says

“Algorithm ‘unfairly destroyed the dreams of thousands of ordinary students’, CEO says” “There’s been rampant grade inflation in exams that are more prominent in independent schools because they’re not subjected to the standardisation process, yet Ofqual’s justification for standardisation was to avoid grade inflation,” UpReach chief executive John Craven said ...
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TES: Ofqual’s algorithm issues ‘more severe’ at GCSE level

“Private schools will benefit from grading process most, says social mobility charity” “Ofqual’s under-fire grading process will determine the overwhelming majority of GCSE grades awarded this Thursday, new analysis shows.” (Source: Catherine Lough, TES) The full article can be read online here.  ...
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The Observer: Controversial exams algorithm to set 97% of GCSE results

“4.6 million will not reflect teachers’ grades, as Ofqual suspends A-level appeals policy” “Research by upReach, a social mobility charity, predicts that about 4.6 million grades will be awarded using the algorithm and teacher rankings of pupils, but not teacher-assessed grades. Its study also raised concerns about how the model’s ...
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The Guardian: A-level results day 2020 live: 39.1% of pupils’ grades in England downgraded – as it happened

“A new grades evaluation service has been launched for A-Level students who fear their grades have been unfairly lowered.” “Predicted grades – and by implication the teacher rankings used by Ofqual – have been shown to be an inaccurate forecast of the final grades a student will achieve through examinations, ...
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The Financial Times: Were this year’s A-level results fair?

“The government stands by the system, but the exam regulator’s own data reveals disparities within the results” John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, is quoted commenting on the urgent need for the government to review the methodology used by Ofqual to assign A-Level grades, for the sake of high-attaining students ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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upReach win Charity of the Year Award

On 2nd October 2019, upReach won the Charity of the Year Award at the 2019 Charity Times Awards in the under £1m income category. The announcement was made at a packed Gala Dinner, attended by hundreds of senior leaders in the sector, where the Judges recognised our impact both on ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Evening Standard: upReach Associate Tom Burgess and his mentor discuss the benefits of their relationship

upReach Associate Tom Burgess and his Deloitte Mentor Daniel Lister discuss the benefits that their mentoring relationship has brought in this Evening Standard article. upReach works with more than 30 top employers, as well as universities, to offer opportunities to broaden students’ horizons, help them understand different career pathways and ...
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Institute of Student Employers: Contextualised Grades for Graduate Employers

Eugene Malthouse, Employer Partnerships Manager at upReach, writes for the Institute of Student Employers about upReach’s new contextual recruitment platform REAL (Relative Education Attainment Level). REAL is a research and evidence-based tool that adjusts students’ grades by taking into account fourteen indicators of disadvantage such as school performance decile, and ...
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The Times: Jobs algorithm lets poor leapfrog the privileged

As featured in The Times, upReach are announcing the roll out of our new Advanced Contextualised A-Level Grade tool, REAL, that gives employers a fairer measure of applicants’ academic achievement and potential than grades or contextual flags alone. City firms are to be offered a free new recruitment tool that ...
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eFinancialCareers: upReach CEO on supporting applications to highly competitive banking graduate schemes

John Craven, Chief Executive Officer of upReach, talks with Sarah Butcher of eFinancialCareers on the support upReach provides Associates for competitive graduate schemes in banking.   They say that getting a first job in financial services is a difficult business; the success rate is often less than 1%. John Craven, ...
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Financial News: upReach CEO highlights the importance of developing employability skills to boost social mobility in the finance sector

John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, talks with Becky Pritchard at Financial News on the difficulty faced by disadvantaged candidates applying to jobs in the City. John Craven said: “Often what you will see is that students [from less advantaged backgrounds] will get to the final round interview and they won’t ...
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How social class can affect your pay

Financial Times journalist, Naomi Rovnick, discusses how professionals from elite backgrounds earn more than peers from working-class families with CEO, John Craven. Research published by Professor Daniel Laurison and Dr. Sam Friedman identifies a “class ceiling” in the professional workplace where social background impacts employees’ salaries. Highly qualified employees in ...
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How upReach helps less-advantaged students get jobs in banks

Sarah Butcher from eFinancialCareers interviews CEO, John Craven. John discusses how upReach helps combat privileged students’ advantages by supporting undergraduates from less-privileged backgrounds to secure top jobs. Theoretically banks and other professions are meritocratic, however in reality there are increasingly more elites in the field. Whilst academic research suggests that ...
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Privately educated graduates ‘earn more’ than state school colleagues

BBC News education reporter, Katherine Sellgren, discusses the report on private pay progression published by the Sutton Trust and upReach. The study found that privately educated UK graduates in high status jobs earn more than their state school counterparts. Not only did those who attended fee-pay schools earn an average ...
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The investment banking recruitment process

Sarah Butcher from eFinancialCareers demystifies the recruitment process for investment banking with the help of CEO, John Craven. Securing a job offer with an investment bank can be more competitive than getting into an elite university. The acceptance rate for Goldman Sachs is just 1.8% compared to 5.2% at Harvard ...
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The Student Social Mobility Awards

St Peter’s College, University of Oxford: SPC student Desmond Asante honoured at diversity awards ceremony

Towards the end of last year, St Peter’s student, Desmond Asante (Mathematics and Statistics, 2017), was honoured with an award as ...
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Thurrock Gazette: Grays teen claims social mobility award at the House of Lords

A TEENAGER has won a social mobility award after showcasing his talents as an undergraduate – picking up the award ...
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Worcester College, University of Oxford: Worcester medical student wins social mobility award

Efforts by Worcester medical student Tom Gardiner to help others access higher education have been recognised at a national awards ...
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Warwick Business School: Students win social mobility awards at House of Lords

Two Warwick Business School students have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to social mobility at a special awards ceremony ...
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University of Southampton: Fashion student recognised as a rising star in upReach Student Social Mobility Awards

Winchester School of Art (WSA) student Ashwinnie Thushyanthan has been recognised as a rising star in this year’s upReach Student ...
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Kingston University: Kingston University social work student wins national social mobility award at House of Lords ceremony

A social work student from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London has won a national social mobility award ...
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Exeposé: Three Exeter Students Nominated for Student Social Mobility Awards

Three University of Exeter students were nominated for awards at the upReach Social Mobility awards. On Thursday 13 December, upReach ...
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The Saint: St Andrews student wins social mobility award

A student at the University of St Andrews, Daniel Malikzade Afshar, has received an award at the inaugural Student Social ...
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University of Warwick: Warwick students recognised as leaders in social mobility

Four Warwick students have been recognised as champions of social mobility at the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards, hosted by Baroness ...
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Cherwell: Former ACS president wins social mobility award

One of the Oxford winners of the upReach Ten Award for student social mobility, Renee Kapuku, suggested the University needs ...
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The Oxford Student: Oxford Students Win At Student Social Mobility Awards

Three Oxford students have been recognised at the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards. The Awards, hosted by social mobility charity ...
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Leeds University: Fair access for students scheme wins national award

An admissions scheme that helps widen access to the University has won an award for greatest student impact. Access to ...
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University of Westminster: Westminster Working Cultures Washington DC Programme Nominated For Student Social Mobility Award

The Westminster Working Cultures programme was nominated for the Highest Impact University Initiative category, which recognises projects that improve less-advantaged ...
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The Cambridge Student: Mobilising the Future

The task of improving social mobility in the UK is immense. Just last year, the government’s Social Mobility Commission (SMC), ...
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Pi Media: Nominations Open For Inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards

Social mobility charity upReach has opened nominations for its first ever awards ceremony, aiming to showcase the achievements of disadvantaged ...
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