Social Mobility

Social Mobility

Britain has a deep social mobility problem - one which is getting worse not better. From the early years through to universities, there is an entrenched and unbroken correlation between social class and educational success.  The income gap is larger than either the ethnicity gap or the gender gap in schools, with just 5 per cent of children eligible for Free School Meals gaining five ‘A’ GCSE grades.

Our 2016 Award

Social Mobility Foundation

The Foundation launched its flagship social mobility programme in 2016. Through the support of generous donors, our first grant was awarded to the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), a charity with over a decade of experience.  Our support for their Aspiring Professionals Programme is now equipping an all female cohort of high-performing students from areas with the lowest levels of social mobility in the UK with the information, networks and practical experience they need to access the UK’s top universities and professions.

Student Snapshots


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Bethany CityPress, Manchester

“I got to work on things for real clients and got an insight into what PR actually is. My supervisor and the office were really friendly and welcoming.” 

Meghan Weightmans, Liverpool

“The people were so helpful and genuinely cared about our happiness within the firm. It really helped me to have an insight into potential sectors I may want to go into in the future.” 

Lubna Siemens, Manchester

“I enjoyed experiencing the working environment at Siemens as it was much more relaxed that I imagined. The entire week has been very beneficial and I wish to thank all the staff who made it possible.”

Mary Byrom Street Chambers, Manchester

“I was able to shadow some of the best barristers in their respective fields and learn more about the kind of work a QC barrister would do that’s different from junior barristers.”

Sarah St. James Hospital, Leeds

“The best thing was watching the bronchoscopy and seeing the anatomy of the lungs through a camera.”

Misbah Grant Thornton, Manchester

“From start to finish the staff at Grant Thornton were extremely warm and welcoming. I was free to ask any questions or queries however silly they may be! Anyone that I talked to made me feel valuable and much more than just a summer intern. The fact that I had practical work for each sector of accountancy will make me stand out from other applicants.”