The Social Mobility Commission last November revealed the stark social mobility “postcode lottery” that still existing in Britain, highlighting more needs to be done to support those from a disadvantaged background across the UK.
At Bright Network, we’ve always believed that talented students should have access to the connections and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Today, we’re delighted to announce a brand new partnership with the Sutton Trust’s new alumni programme. With our shared mission to improve social mobility, it’s the perfect chance to work together to help young people make well-informed decisions about their next steps.
The Sutton Trust was founded in 1997 and works to raise aspirations of young people from low and middle-income backgrounds and to increase their chances of accessing top universities and professions. We can’t wait to welcome alumni of the Sutton Trust's programmes to our upcoming networking events, including the Bright Network Festival and our annual Diversity and Inclusion event, as well as ensuring they have access to the very best career advice.
It’s an exciting time for both us and the Sutton Trust, with the Trust launching their refreshed online alumni community, while we’re about to open applications for our autumn events, which will attract over 5,000 students.
Bright Network CEO, James Uffindell said “We started Bright Network to give students the best start to their careers and ensure the very best talent from all backgrounds flourish. This partnership with the Sutton Trust will help us continue this work – they are a brilliant organisation who’ve supported so many talented young people and we're delighted to be partnering with them”
Jessica Adams, Alumni Manager at the Sutton Trust, said “We are really pleased that Bright Network is providing ongoing career support to our outstanding alumni community, as we have a joint ambition to ensure that the young people we work with are informed and inspired. We look forward to deepening and strengthening this partnership."