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17th October 2022

Last week St Brendan’s took home a Silver Award in the ‘School/College of the Year’ award at the sixth annual UK Social Mobility Awards.

The winners of the 2022 UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs) were announced at an Awards Fundraising Gala held at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 13th October. The Gold Partner of this year’s event is Amazon. The gala returned as an in-person event for the first time in three years, and was hosted by comedian and former TV Executive, Cally Beaton. It saw organisations and institutions committed to advancing social mobility across the UK come together to celebrate their work and share best practise.

The UK Social Mobility Awards were set up to recognise organisations that are prioritising social mobility, for example through recruitment processes and progression programmes, outreach within the local community, or by developing innovative ways to create change. This year’s judges included a panel of esteemed leaders chaired by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE.

The 2022 awards received the highest number of entries since they were launched in 2017. Entrants came from a range of industries including education, finance, law, media and retail. Business professionals from all over the UK attended the Awards Fundraising Gala in London to watch as the winners were announced. Businessman and former CEO of the Co-op Group, Steve Murrells OBE, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Social Mobility Award.

Marian Curran, Principal at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College commented: 

“We are really thrilled to win this award. We are proud of the work that we do in promoting social mobility for our students and this award is a wonderful tribute to our staff who work so hard to deliver our mission and vision to be a transformative college where every member of our community flourishes and achieves their full potential.”

Tunde Banjoko OBE, Founder of The UK Social Mobility Awards, added: 

“The UK Social Mobility Awards is a vehicle to raise awareness of social mobility and showcases the individuals and organisations who are dedicated to its advancement. The number and quality of entries we received for this year’s awards is an indication of the increasing significance of social mobility to UK business.I would like to congratulate all the inspiring organisations and individuals who took home a trophy this year. All the UK Social Mobility Awards finalists are making a tangible difference to social mobility in this country and this recognition is extremely well-deserved.”