Social Mobility

Social Mobility

Advice & Support

Social and class backgrounds are not protected under the Equality Act 2010 or similar legislation. However, many graduate employers are increasingly alert to the potential disadvantages that may affect university students who come from a 'widening participation' background – that is, those who have faced barriers to accessing higher education due to coming from a less privileged socio-economic background or similar.

These disadvantages could include candidates being inadvertently sifted out during the recruitment process because, for example, they were unable to take up unpaid internships or to access expensive extracurricular activities.

Many employers are taking steps to remove the effects of possible disadvantages, for example by moving to a strengths-based recruitment process.

We can provide advice on how to present your achievements to the best effect and we run programmes and events to help students from a widening participation background, as well as financial support.

The tools below may be helpful:

What's your REALrating?

Your REALrating gives you a better indication of your academic capabilities, taking into account factors that can effect your grades, such as your school background, caring responsibilities, and illness.

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The average student is 71% employable - how do you compare?

In collaboration with leading graduate employers, this tool designed by UpReach helps you better understand your strengths and development needs, helping you increase your chances of securing that dream job.

You'll get a free employability report and a score out of 100%, plus you may be eligible for free careers support from UpReach. 

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