Debate to tackle social mobility in the job market

Posted by ap507 at Sep 16, 2014 10:25 AM |
Graduate employers demonstrate that they are appealing to a diverse range of graduates, “not just an elite few”

More needs to be done to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in the graduate labour market according to a University debate on social mobility attended by leading graduate recruiters.

The debate, hosted by multinational law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in London, follows a recent report by Alan Milburn MP – the Government’s Adviser on social mobility – which shows that elitism is still rife in Britain with many of the top jobs in society being significantly over-represented by individuals who were independently educated.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess (pictured), the University’s Vice-Chancellor, chaired the debate that focused on how universities and employers can better work together to give graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds the edge to fulfil their potential. He was greeted by four panellists, along with an audience of leading graduate recruiters, as discussions ranged from considering how much progress had been made on the issue of social mobility over the last ten years, to sharing ideas about best practice in attraction and selection processes.

As the only top 20 Higher Education Institution to have consistently met and exceeded government benchmarks for the inclusivity of students from state schools and lower socio-economic groups, the University of Leicester is leading the way on the issue of social mobility.

The University’s Career Development Service was recently nominated for a Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Support, recognising the innovative approach it has taken to ensuring every student, regardless of their background, has access to opportunities for enhancing their skills and employability.

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