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The Sutton Trust

Who are they?

The Sutton Trust champions social mobility through programmes, research and policy influence.

Social mobility in Britain is low. The educational opportunities and life chances of a child born today are strongly linked to their parents’ socio-economic background. This is the challenge we face.

Since 1997 and under the leadership of their founder, Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust has worked to address this. They fight for social mobility from birth to the workplace so that every young person – no matter who their parents are, what school they go to, or where they live – has the chance to succeed in life.

What do they try to do?

The Sutton Trust support young people from less advantaged backgrounds to access leading universities and careers. In partnership with universities and employers, they run engaging programmes that give students practical advice and leave them feeling inspired and more confident about their future.

Programmes in partnership with the University of Warwick:

1. Pathways programmes - For students who are interested in access to the professions, Warwick delivers 3 Pathways programmes, Pathways to Law, Pathways to Banking & Finance and Pathways to Engineering.

The Pathways programmes are engaging two year programmes that gives students practical advice about university and the workplace in a particular sector, with the overall aim of leaving students feeling inspired and more confident about their future.

Students interested in a career in Law, Banking & Finance or Engineering will have access to academic lectures, employer engagement, CV and personal statement support in their retrospective stream.

To find out more about the Pathways programme, please visit our Pathways pages here.

2. Warwick Sutton Scholars

Warwick Sutton Scholars is a two year programme for highly able Year 8 and 9 students who come from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. The programme is open to schools from across the West Midlands and is designed to stretch and challenge students academically and inspire them to consider university in the future.

3. UK Summer School

The Sutton Trust UK summer school programme gives students in Year 12 the chance to experience what university life is really like. Across the consortium of 13 university partners, there are over forty courses to choose between, ranging from Anglo-Saxon Studies to Veterinary Science.

Find out more

The Sutton Trust Impact Hub is the home for Sutton Trust evaluation and brings together their targeting, university and outcome data in an interactive digital platform.

To find out more about Sutton Trust research reports, please click here.