We are a student-run society that is dedicated to improving the experience of students from state-educated backgrounds at The University of Manchester. 93% of students in the UK are state educated, yet at Cambridge, they make up only 68% of the total student body.

Not enough is being done to break down the divide between state and private school students, nor to specifically address and alleviate the gap in social capital and future career opportunities post-graduation. This group was created in response to an expressed need to voice the opinions of state-educated students and to address feelings of alienation and inadequacy that too often limit their growth and success.

We are committed to:

(1) Offering students from state school backgrounds a platform where they can share experiences, opinions, concerns, and useful social/educational resources

(2) Building a social community for state-school students at The University of Manchester, including social events and collaborations with students who went to non-state schools to encourage inclusivity

(3) Offering practical advice and help for state school students applying for graduate schemes, experience, and other activities post-graduation from Durham

(4) Being an inclusive group, meaning that whilst the group is intended to support state-school students, those from other schooling backgrounds are welcome to access any help or advice that we offer