The best universities for getting poorer students into high paying jobs are all in London

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Queen Mary University of London Queen’s Building   (Queen Mary, University of London International Students)
Queen Mary University of London Queen’s Building (Queen Mary, University of London International Students)

The best universities for getting poorer students into high paid jobs are all in London, a new social mobility report revealed on Wednesday.

English universities have been ranked on their contributions to social mobility for the first time and the top ten are all in London.

Queen Mary University of London was rated the best in the country.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Sutton Trust gave universities a “mobility rate” calculated by how many students from disadvantaged backgrounds got a place, as well as how many of those become top earners by the time they are 30.

The report found that some of the most prestigious universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, have low social mobility ratings, with the most selective Russell Group universities given a rating of just one per cent.

Meanwhile Queen Mary University of London has a rating of 6.8 per cent. Overall the report shows that universities in London take on high numbers of disadvantaged students and send a significant share of them into high paid jobs.

The report said London’s success in the ranking is partly due to the large number of poorer students with good school grades, and the high share of non-white students, who are more likely to attend university.

It is “only partially explained” by the fact that many graduates from London universities go on to live and work in the capital, where graduate wages are high compared to other parts of the country, it said.

At Queen Mary, 90 per cent of undergraduates are from state schools, 23 per cent are from households with less than £10,000 annual income, and over half are the first in their family to enter Higher Education.

Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London, said: “Recruiting students from backgrounds typically under-represented at universities, and supporting them to succeed, is at the heart of everything we stand for as a University.”

The other universities in the top ten are Westminster, City, Greenwich, South Bank, Brunel, St George’s, East London, London Met and Kingston.

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