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Education alone is not the answer to the social
upReach was founded in 2012 on the premise of fairness - to improve access to top professional
careers for undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds. Young people from less-advantaged
backgrounds are more likely than ever to go to university, but still struggle to compete with their
more advantaged peers in the graduate labour market.
Students from working-class backgrounds who graduate from a Russell Group university with a
first class degree are less likely to enter a top occupation than those from privileged backgrounds
who get a lower second class degree from the same university1
5 percentage points
Graduates with a household residual income between £1 and £25,000 progress to highly skilled
employment or further study at a rate 5 percentage points lower than those with a household
residual income above £42,6002
Despite constituting only 7% of the
population, those from private schools
make up 65% of senior judges, 59%
of Civil Service permanent secretaries,
57% of the House of Lords and 44% of
1 in 8
Absolute social mobility into elite
occupations has declined. 1 in 5 men in
professional occupations who were born
between 1955-1961 became socially
mobile, but the figure for those born
between 1975-1981 is only 1 in 84
upReach exists to tackle the barriers young people from less-advantaged backgrounds
face when it comes to succeeding in the graduate labour market. We provide a personalised
programme of support which delivers targeted interventions for students on our programme
(we call them “Associates”), improving their access to professional networks and closing the
employability skills gap to help them secure competitive graduate employment.
Friedman, S. and Laurison, D., 2019. The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays To Be Privileged. Bristol: Policy Press.
The Office for Students, 2020. Differences in student outcomes - further characteristics - Figure 17
The Sutton Trust and The Social Mobility Commission, 2019. Elitist Britain 2019.
The Sutton Trust, 2020. Elites In The UK: Pulling Away?.