The Social Mobility Commission

upReach are delighted that the Student Social Mobility Awards are supported by the Social Mobility Commission (SMC). 

The SMC monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK, and promotes social mobility in England. For example, it publishes an annual report setting out its views on the progress made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom, and it challenges employers, the professions, universities and schools to play their part in promoting social mobility.

Rachael Millar, Head of the Social Mobility Commission Secretariat, made the following comment about the Student Social Mobility Awards: “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.”

To find out more about the SMC, visit their website.

Press

19
Jan
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The Voice: Kingston Student Wins Big

Despite being a young single mother and dealing with her mother’s serious illness from the age of 12, Rochelle Watson has defied the odds and has been honoured with a prestigious award. A SOCIAL work student from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, has won a national social mobility award for her voluntary […]

18
Jan
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The Leeds Tab: Meet Sophie Tew, the Leeds fresher invited to the House of Lords as one of the ten best students in the country

Sophie Tew, a Leeds first-year English and Social Policy student, has spent her year not just succeeding academically, but excelling. So much so Sophie was shortlisted for the acclaimed upReach Ten Award, which is in recognition of her outstanding work promoting female empowerment in the city and even involved a visit to The House of […]

9
Jan
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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 Champion for Social Mobility at the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards ceremony, organised by the charity upReach. Read more

6
Jan
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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 at the House of Lords. Daniel Malikzade Afshar, from Grays, has been awarded a prestigious social mobility award, which showcases the work of undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Read more