Greenwich in top five for social mobility


The University of Greenwich is one of the top five universities in the UK for social mobility, according to a new report.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysis ranks universities in terms of how they help people from disadvantaged backgrounds earn higher wages.259526

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Harrington said: “This is great news and shows that Greenwich is about more than promises – we deliver on what we say. This news shows the crucial role that universities can play in supporting our students to reach their potential and ensure they are not disadvantaged by background. This is a key pillar of our university strategy, and is part of everything we do here at Greenwich.”

Working with the Sutton Trust, the IFS study looked at students attending university in the mid 2000s who are now in their 30s.

It calculated a “mobility rate”, which shows the proportion of students at the university who were eligible for free school meals and are among the top 20% of earners at age 30.

Greenwich had 20% of students eligible for free school meals, and 24.8% in the top 20% of earners. This gave the university a 5% mobility score, which sees Greenwich fourth in an all-London top five.