upReach launches the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards, to be held at the House of Lords in December 2018

The inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards will take place on Thursday 13 December 2018 at the House of Lords. The Student Social Mobility Awards are organised by upReach to showcase the achievements of undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds from across the UK.

The awards will recognise students who have excelled in their studies and beyond, and shown great potential to excel as they launch their careers. The focus is on students who have demonstrated great resilience, determination or initiative, or boosted their employability in innovative ways. We aim to showcase up-and-coming talent and identify those rising stars to watch in the years to come.

There are also awards for a student, mentor, employer and university initiative that have championed social mobility and enabled others to succeed.

upReach are delighted that the Student Social Mobility Awards are supported by the Social Mobility Commission. A representative from the Social Mobility Commission will sit on the independent judging panel, alongside five other independent experts.

The awards ceremony at the House of Lords is kindly hosted by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, patron of upReach.

upReach are grateful to the sponsors of the Student Social Mobility Awards, whose generous support enables students from all over the UK to attend the ceremony and have their expenses reimbursed.

Rachael Millar, Head of the Social Mobility Commission Secretariat, commented:

“Social mobility means that your background does not determine your future. These awards recognise that some young people have to overcome more barriers than others to succeed, and that this success is all the more impressive. The role of mentors and initiatives that support people is crucial – and we hope these expand so that everyone has the chance to realise their potential. We hope these individuals go on to transform the places they work, mentor young people in future, and open up opportunities to others so that everyone has the chance to realise their potential.”

John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, commented:

“The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the incredible achievements of students from disadvantaged backgrounds from all over the UK. By showcasing how they have succeeded against the odds, we provide important role models that inspire others. I’m very grateful to our sponsors, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, without whom the event would not have been possible, and to the Social Mobility Commission for their support.”


upReach (John Craven, Chief Executive): john@upreach.org.uk / 0797 127 4469

Social Mobility Commission: contact@socialmobilitycommission.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

Learn more about the Student Social Mobility Awards at ssma.org.uk.

upReach is a charitable organisation supporting less-advantaged undergraduates to secure top jobs. Through partnerships with top employers and universities, upReach deliver a comprehensive programme of professional development. Learn more at upreach.org.uk .

The Social Mobility Commission monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK, and promotes social mobility in England. Learn more at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/social-mobility-commission.

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