The best universities to get poorer students into high-paying jobs are all in London

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

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Sutton Trust gave universities a “mobility rate” calculated based on how many students from disadvantaged backgrounds got a place, as well as how many of them become top-paid when 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 receiving a rating of just one percent.

Meanwhile, Queen Mary University of London has a rating of 6.8 per cent. Overall, the report shows that universities in London accept a large number of disadvantaged students and send a significant proportion of them into high-paying jobs.

The report said London’s success in the rankings was due in part to the large number of poorer students with good school grades and the high proportion of non-white students who are more likely to go to university.

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

At Queen Mary, 90 per cent of students are from public schools, 23 per cent come from households with less than £ 10,000 annual income, and over half are the first in their family to start higher education.

Professor Colin Bailey, President and Rector, Queen Mary University of London, said: “Recruiting students with 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 top ten universities are Westminster, City, Greenwich, South Bank, Brunel, St George’s, East London, London Met and Kingston.


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