Canterbury Christ Church University in top 25 nationally for increasing social mobility

Canterbury Christ Church University has been ranked 25th of higher education institutions in England committed to increasing social mobility.

The University has increased its position in the English Social Mobility Index and is now in the top 25 of 101 institutions making the biggest impact and contributions to social mobility, in access to higher education, continuation and student outcome measures for all undergraduates.

Compiled by the London South Bank University (LSBU) and published by the Higher Education Policy Institute, the index provides up-to-date information on how each university helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds progress and succeed in their future careers.

Social mobility is linked to the equality of opportunity, where people have the same chances to do well in their studies, regardless of the socio-economic background of their parents, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, birthplace, or other circumstances beyond their control.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Rama Thirunamachandran OBE, commented on the index.

“We are delighted to have ranked 25th in the Social Mobility Index, recognising the University’s efforts in supporting our students to fulfil their ambitions and careers. Our performance is reflective of our core mission in pursuing social justice. Delivering an inclusive education has been at the heart of our ethos for the last 60 years. We are proud to prepare students from all backgrounds to start their careers in a wide range of sectors and industries.

“We are also proud to be number one in the UK for graduates in employment and have received Silver for student experience and student outcomes in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. Through our work in partnership with industry and local businesses we ensure that our courses are relevant to their needs and support all students to become highly skilled graduates that will aid economic growth regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

The University has a clear framework to enable access to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented groups, through targeted outreach activity working with schools and colleges. It supports those studying at university to succeed with excellent teaching and supportive learning environments ensuring graduates are ready to progress with our embedded employability strategies into highly skilled jobs.

Number one in the UK for graduates in employment statistic *Out of 100 Higher Education Institutions with 3,000 or more graduates, HESA: Graduate Outcomes 2023.