Social mobility within the Earth Sciences




The Geological Society is pleased to be working in partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation to help improve social mobility within the Earth Sciences.

The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity that makes a practical improvement to social mobility in the UK by encouraging and supporting access to high-status universities and professional occupations for high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds.

Their flagship programme, known as the Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP), supports high achieving students from low income backgrounds by providing them with a programme of mentoring, skills development, tailored university visits and university application support including guidance on personal statements, interviews and aptitude tests. The programmes are designed to give students exposure to the professional world and to help them find a path to university and thereupon a profession.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:


Mentoring is a fantastic way for individuals to offer advice and share their experiences with a young, enthusiastic and capable student who wishes to make informed decisions about their future. Mentors commit, on average, 15 – 30 minutes of their time fortnightly to correspond with their student via email.

Mentoring allows students to gain a real insight into what a career in their preferred sector entails and hear mentors experiences first-hand. Having access to a mentor who has been through the process of going to university, job searching and experiencing the day-to-day life in that profession is invaluable knowledge to students.


If you are an employer and would like to participate in the APP scheme you can get involved by offering micro-internships or short-term work placements during the summer holidays or October half-term. Employers will be supporting a high-achieving young person who is passionate about gaining a real understanding of your sector providing them with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience that may have been difficult to attain otherwise.

With the Society’s continued commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion we encourage employers and employees to participate with the Social Mobility Foundations’ Aspiring Professionals Programme. The greater level of engagement with the programme, the greater benefit Earth Science as a whole will gain in the long term with a larger and more diverse talent pool.

For more information on how to get involved with the Social Mobility Foundation please contact us on

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