A student from a disadvantaged background who gains a first class degree from a top university is less likely to secure an elite job than a more privileged student with a 2.2.

As upReach enters its 10th year, we are launching Xperience, a new two week structured work experience programme for summer 2022.

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We work to create the conditions for undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs.

Our main activity is delivering an intensive programme of career support, working in close partnership with leading employers and universities. This year, upReach programmes will provide tailored support to over 2,000 students from across the UK, helping them to broaden their horizons, understand career pathways and develop the skills, networks and experiences needed for career success.

In order to achieve our mission, we undertake other activities and initiatives that:

  • Facilitate contextualised recruitment by graduate employers
  • Support sixth-formers, explaining post-18 and graduate career options
  • Help students to understand their employability
  • Recognise students’ successes, creating vital role models
  • Give students access to a professional network

More about upReach

Associates participating in upReach's intensive programme of support in 2020/21, assisted by 25 full-time Programme Coordinators.

median salary of our 2018 graduates who secured highly skilled employment, £4,000 higher than the average university graduate.

of our Associates are from BAME backgrounds. Over half are female.

of our 2018 graduates were in highly skilled employment or further study 15 months after graduation.

Professional mentoring relationships in 2020 between Associates and employees at our partners.

of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers have made offers to upReach Associates.

upReach Associates are typically five times more likely to be successful when applying to one of our partner employers than the average applicant.

Insight Days delivered with our Partner Employers in 2020 attended by 1,751 Associates.

visits to our student portal to access career courses, online tests and employer guides, and book 1-to-1 support.


We help students to understand their career options, build networks, gain work experience and develop the skills and confidence to succeed, through a free personalised programme of exclusive events and activities. Looking for support to explore your options, and to secure an internship or graduate role?

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We help universities achieve their widening participation objectives. Our intensive programme of support improves the progression to graduate employment of students from under-represented backgrounds. Personalised support from a dedicated Programme Coordinator helps students settle in to university and fulfil their potential. Looking to eliminate the progression gap?

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Our partnerships are diverse. We work with employers looking to recruit more high calibre students from less-advantaged backgrounds. We help firms achieve their CSR or D&I objectives delivering high impact programmes with engaging volunteering opportunities. Interested in boosting social mobility?

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