The network for those without a network.


Our next information webinar is on Wednesday 23rd February, where we will be joined by employer partners and students using the platform, as well as provide an update on progress made since launching the platform.

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The Social Mobility Network is a platform built by upReach to enable students from less-advantaged backgrounds to access a network of professionals who work in a broad range of industries.

By growing their professional network within their chosen sector, students build a greater understanding of career pathways, develop technical knowledge and commercial awareness, and build the social and cultural capital that employers value so highly, allowing them to fulfil their career potential.

upReach are a multi award-winning social mobility charity that deliver an intensive programme of support to over 2,000 students in partnership with leading employers and universities.


In the UK, less-advantaged students are more likely to go to university than ever before but even when they outperform those who are more privileged, they are still less likely to secure top graduate jobs. Among those at Russell Group universities, working class students who get a first class degree are less likely to secure an elite job than a more privileged student who gets a 2:2 degree.

Graduate roles at leading organisations are increasingly the gateway to lucrative careers and senior leadership roles in influential professions including finance, law, politics and the civil service. These senior leadership roles are currently dominated by those from private schools, with two thirds of the Cabinet, 65% of senior judges, 59% of civil service permanent secretaries and 57% of the House of Lords, attending fee-paying schools that educate just 7% of the population.



At upReach, we refuse to let the old (but still often true) cliche “It’s who you know, not what you know” limit the progression of students from less-privileged backgrounds.

To tackle this challenge, we have built upon our experience supporting thousands of students and running a mentoring programme since 2013. We have also consulted extensively with students, mentors, employers and universities to inform the design of the Social Mobility Network.

While traditional mentoring schemes are valuable, they do not replicate the deeper informal networks that those from more privileged backgrounds can rely on for support.



We are delighted that, thanks to our partners, the Social Mobility Network allows students to access hundreds of professionals from a range of leading employers across key career sectors.

We are particularly grateful to our four Strategic Partners for their catalytic support in growing the platform. To find out more about becoming a partner employer or university, please get in touch.

To find out more about becoming a partner employer or university, please get in touch.




The easiest way to find out more about the Social Mobility Network, is to sign up to one of our monthly Information Webinars.

Alternatively, please complete the form below and we will aim to respond within two working days.