The University of Wolverhampton has been listed in the top ten universities for social mobility by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
The Social Mobility Index 2022 compares the contribution of individual English higher education providers’ to social mobility.
The Index challenges the assumption that only particular kinds of universities make a substantial impact on social mobility, highlighting that, in the context of their individual missions, all types of institution – from research intensives to modern technical universities – can, and do, make a substantial contribution to social mobility. The University of Wolverhampton has retained its position in the top ten of the English Social Mobility Index 2022, published by HEPI in a blog by Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University (LSBU).
University of Wolverhampton interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Campbell said: “We are committed to creating valuable opportunities for our students to reach their full potential and improve their life chances.
“As the University of Opportunity, we have a long history of increasing and widening participation in higher education and this remains a core part of our mission. We are focused on providing an excellent student experience and supporting our students and graduates to succeed in their studies and future careers.
“We have always been aware of the different journeys our students travel and remain keenly focused on providing the right support to enable our diverse student body to achieve. We are pleased that the University of Wolverhampton’s hard work in providing opportunities to our communities has been recognised in such a positive way in the Social Mobility Index.”
Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of LSBU, said: “With new higher education funding proposals from Government and a revised Teaching Excellence Framework on the horizon, it is more vital than ever for universities to be able to publicly demonstrate the value they add to their students. I hope this latest version of the Social Mobility Index will provide a valuable tool for institutions to reflect on their work in this area with reference to their own mission and peer groups.”
Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) said: “Based partly on how institutions are assessed abroad, Professor Phoenix has come up with an absolutely fascinating way of evaluating the impact of different higher education institutions in England.
“Unlike many other league tables, there is a huge diversity – the top 10 includes four former Colleges of Advanced Technology (Bradford, Aston, City and Salford), three Russell Group institutions (QMUL, KCL and the LSE), two former polytechnics (Birmingham City and Wolverhampton) and an institution that became a full university less than a decade ago (Newman). It all confirms that our higher education sector has strength in breadth.”