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Upreach Charitable Company

upReach provides support for students at universities from less privileged backgrounds. The support can take the form of both tuition and programmes to boost social confidence. The target objectives are securing employment 6 months after graduation at higher than average starting salaries. These metrics have successfully increased over recent years, as have the number of participants on the programme. They have ambitious plans to more than double in size by supporting 2,500 students per annum by 2021-22. Over 90% of income excluding donated services is generated from employers and universities which should mean that is sustainable in the long term.
Impact analysis Associates that had been part of the upReach programme during their first year of university in 2017-18 had an employability skill progression around 3.2 times higher than the expected progression for an average first year student. Programme outcomes show a consistently higher starting wage for participants than the national average. This is supported by positive 6-month employment outcomes and increasing year-on-year participation
What it does
  • upReach supports undergraduates from less-privileged backgrounds to secure graduate jobs and internships by running a needs-focused professional development programme in partnership with foundations, universities and employers
Who works here
  • 15 employees and 207 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
  • The General Public/mankind
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
UN SDGs:
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Awards received

Over the last three years they've won the following awards:

  • Charity Times 2019 Awards Charity of the Year, Income < £1m
Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/07/2018 £678,994 £709,494 -£30,500 15 207 28/05/2019
31/07/2017 £447,947 £390,586 £57,361 31/05/2018
31/07/2016 £265,556 £248,025 £17,531 31/05/2017
31/07/2015 £240,095 £254,839 -£14,744 31/05/2016
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 1 grant making charity totalling £15,000

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£15,000
26/03/2020
The EQ Foundation
How effective is it?
upReach RISE and AIM Programmes

Description: upReach programmes are delivered through a comprehensive range of activities both in person and online, and each student is guided individually by their personal upReach Programme Coordinator throughout their time on the programme. Practice online tests, mock interviews and CV reviews prepare students for job applications; video forums and skills workshops develop essential soft skills; and professional mentoring and exclusive Insight Days give a taste of the professional world. Through this intensive and personalised employability support, students raise their aspirations and develop key knowledge and skills needed to have the best possible chance to succeed in realising their career potential and accessing professional employment. Partner universities supporting upReach programmes include Liverpool, Reading, Southampton, Cardiff, Exeter, Lancaster, Warwick and Kings College London, and employer support includes Aviva, Coutts, Deloitte, Nestle, PWC, Unilever and Legal and General. In 2018, technology investment provided upReach with new platforms to improve intervention delivery: “REAL”, a contextualised recruitment system and “getEmployable”, a graduate employability assessment tool. This investment was complimented by increased in staff and premises to enable continued support of students whilst maintaining their Associate to Programme Coordinator ratio.

Objectives: To create the conditions for undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs

Intervention period: RISE programme runs for 3 years, AIM programme runs for 1 year

Beneficiaries: upReach Associates are current UK undergraduate students from less-advantaged backgrounds. To be eligible, students must have attended UK state schools, have household income below the threshold that qualifies them for additional financial support (such as a university bursary or a student maintenance grant from the government), and achieved minimum qualifications such as BBB at A Level (or contextualised equivalent).

Outputs Outcomes
01/08/2017-31/07/2018
1861 Job applications supported
847 upReach associates supported
1197 Insight Day, Skills Workshop and Careers Academy attendances
207 New mentor matches 78% Of upReach associates who graduated in 2017 secured professional graduate outcomes within 6 months
11054 Visits to online resource platform “my.upReach” £27,633 Was the mean average starting wage of an upReach Associate who graduated in 2017 (over £5,500 more than the average graduate)
01/08/2016-31/07/2017
671 upReach associates supported79% Of upReach associates who graduated in 2016 secured professional graduate outcomes within 6 months
589 Insight Day, Skills Workshop and Careers Academy attendances
711 Online video forums attended
1521 Practice online reasoning tests completed
1126 Job applications supported
7773 Visits to online resource platform “my.upReach” £27,633 Was the mean average starting wage of an upReach Associate who graduated in 2016 (over £5,500 more than the average graduate)
191 New mentor matches
01/08/2015-30/07/2016
529 upReach associates supported
893 Job applications supported
668 Practice online reasoning tests completed
229 Insight Day, Skills Workshop and Careers Academy attendances88% Of upReach associates who graduated in 2015 secured professional graduate outcomes within 6 months
150 Online video forums attended
225 New mentor matches
1562 Visits to online resource platform “my.upReach” £25,553 Was the mean average starting wage of an upReach Associate who graduated in 2015 (over £3,500 more than the average graduate)
01/08/2014-31/07/2015
400 upReach associates supported£26,479 Was the mean average starting wage of an upReach Associate who graduated in 2014 (the median was £5,500 higher than the median graduate salary for England)
87% Of the 39 undergraduates from upReach’s Pilot Phase who graduated in 2014 secured a full-time graduate job
Documents
upReach Annual Report 2018 Programme Report Download Document
upReach Annual Report 2017 Programme Report Download Document
upReach Annual Report 2016 Programme Report Download Document
upReach Annual Report 2015 Programme Report Download Document
Management
Since CEO John Craven joined in 2016 the charity has tripled in size. Prior to joining upReach, he spent 11 years in investment banking, and as a Lead Practitioner taught Maths and Economics in state and independent schools. He has been actively involved in social mobility since founding a Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme in 1999. Two Partnership Managers were appointed in January 2018 to focus on developing relationships with universities and employers which successfully resulted in several new partnerships commencing during the year, and building a strong pipeline for 2018-19.
Governance
Trustees (7)
  • Alastair James Bruce Marshall
  • Alexander Robert Peake
  • Graeme Atherton
  • Azhar Jamal Chaudhry
  • Valentina Quintero Rodriguez
  • Katy Ingle
  • Owain Service
Main office

Ground Floor, Studio 18
Blue Lion Place
237 Long Lane
London
SE1 4PU

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1158896
  • First registered on 17/10/2014
Objectives

THE OBJECTS OF THE CHARITY ARE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT: 1) TO RELIEVE CHARITABLE NEED; AND 2) TO ADVANCE EDUCATION; PARTICULARLY, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY PROVIDING ADVICE, TRAINING, GUIDANCE, MENTORING AND SUPPORT TO UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES WHO ARE IN NEED AND/OR DISADVANTAGED BY REASON OF THEIR SOCIAL BACKGROUND AND CONSEQUENTLY IN RELATIVE DISADVANTAGE IN RELATION TO PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE THEIR POTENTIAL ACCESS TO AND SUCCESS IN PROFESSIONS IN THE FIELDS OF ACCOUNTING, ADVERTISING, BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, CIVIL SERVICE, EDUCATION, ENGINEERING, FAST MOVING CONSUMER GOODS, FINANCIAL SERVICES, HR, INSURANCE, IT, JOURNALISM, LAW, MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY, MARKETING, MEDIA, PHARMACEUTICAL, PROPERTY, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PUBLISHING, RECRUITMENT, RESEARCH, THIRD SECTOR, UTILITIES AND SUCH OTHER FIELDS AS THE TRUSTEES MAY DETERMINE.

Members hold relevant experience in academic bodies and educational research, management consultancy and the financial sector. Previous members have included upReach Associates who have successfully completed programmes, providing opportunities for alumni to give back to the charity.