Social Mobility Index 2023 Revealed: NCUK University Partners Shine


In a ground-breaking development that highlights the commitment of universities towards promoting social mobility, the eagerly awaited Social Mobility Index for 2023 has been released. Compiled by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and London Southbank University, this index evaluates the efforts of higher education institutions in paving the way for students from all backgrounds to achieve success.

The Social Mobility Index is more than just a ranking; it represents an essential tool for assessing the impact of universities in creating opportunities for individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status.


By examining how institutions support students from low-income backgrounds, foster diversity, and provide access to job prospects, the index sheds light on the efforts made by universities to bridge the equality gap.

We are thrilled to announce that several NCUK University Partners have excelled in the Social Mobility Index 2023, reaffirming their commitment to fostering social inclusivity and levelling the playing field for aspiring students. These institutions have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to social mobility, and their dedication to student success.

Leading the pack is Bradford University, securing an impressive first place in the rankings. The university’s unwavering commitment to providing opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds is evident in its initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to reach their full potential

Following closely behind is Aston University, securing the second position in the Social Mobility Index. Aston’s emphasis on widening participation and supporting students throughout their academic journey makes it a shining example of an institution dedicated to social mobility.


Queen Mary University of London also deserves recognition for its remarkable achievement, securing the sixth position in the index. Through its inclusive approach, the university has created an environment where students from all walks of life can thrive and excel.

Joining the ranks of socially conscious institutions are University of Huddersfield (9th), University of Salford (12th), Brunel University London (18th), The University of Manchester (22nd), Kingston University London (30th), UCLan (31st), University of Birmingham (33rd), Liverpool John Moores University (34th), Manchester Metropolitan University (36th), University of Leeds (38th), Keele University (39th), University of Kent (42nd), Sheffield Hallam University (43rd), Lancaster University (48th), Liverpool Hope University (50th), University of Bristol (57th), University of Sheffield (66th), De Montfort University (67th), Leeds Beckett University (75th), University of Exeter (92nd), and Oxford Brookes (97th).

The inclusion of these NCUK University Partners in the Social Mobility Index 2023 underscores their continued efforts to create a fair and inclusive education system. By championing diversity, nurturing talent, and providing opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, these institutions are breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to reach new heights.

As we celebrate the success of these universities, let us also acknowledge the immense impact they have on transforming lives and society as a whole. By prioritising social mobility, these institutions are paving the way for a future where opportunities are accessible to all, irrespective of socioeconomic status.

The release of the Social Mobility Index 2023 serves as a reminder that progress is being made, and universities play a crucial role in driving this change. As we look ahead, we hope to witness even greater strides towards a more equitable educational landscape, where every individual has the chance to realise their potential, regardless of their background.