Higher education and social mobility

Professor Julia King
Professor Dame Julia King - Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
15th November 2012

Aston's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, has written a guest article for the Guardian: Helping a few bright pupils won't promote social mobility.

In a response to a recent report published by the Sutton Trust, Professor King argues that the Higher Education sector "should focus on sustained, well-funded and co-ordinated outreach that does not simply aspire to create more applications for (the most highly selective) 13 universities."

"There are many universities operating vibrant outreach programmes, working with schools in disadvantaged areas. At Aston, 40% of our students come from the four most disadvantaged social groups. They go on to careers with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank, IBM, and Microsoft or work in their communities as pharmacists, teachers and optometrists."



"70% of Aston students do a placement year or year abroad, and 89% of graduates get a graduate-level job within six months – a better rate than Oxford. A placement year is one of the best tools to accelerate social mobility that we have."

Read the full article on the Guardian website.