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Queen Mary named best university in the country for social mobility

We are delighted to share the news that Queen Mary has been ranked as the country’s top university for social mobility, according to a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in partnership with the Sutton Trust and Department for Education.


The study looked at the proportion of students from low-income backgrounds at each university, and whether those students have moved up to the top of the income ladder by age 30. Using this data, each university is then given a “mobility rate”. Queen Mary recorded the highest mobility rate of any university in the country.

The study also looked at which courses are the best for mobility. Queen Mary features heavily: three of the top four courses are at Queen Mary (Computing, Maths, and Economics respectively).

This is great independent endorsement of the success we have already achieved in pursuit of our Strategy 2030 aim of becoming the most inclusive university of our kind, anywhere.

As President and Principal Professor Colin Bailey put it: “Recruiting students from backgrounds typically under-represented at research intensive universities like ours, and supporting them to succeed, is at the heart of everything we stand for as a University. This work is intrinsic to our mission and ethos of opening the doors of opportunity to everyone who has the potential to succeed, irrespective of their background.”

For more information read our news story and visit the Sutton Trust website for the full report.



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