Supporting students who are the first-generation in their family to attend university

Supporting students who are the first-generation in their family to attend university

FirstGens is a multi-award winning student platform. We support students whose parents or primary caregivers did not complete a Bachelor's degree. In doing so, we enable students to successfully navigate university.

Our Supporters

UWE Bristol
Prince's Trust
Nottingham Trent University
Innovate UK
BBC 1 Extra
BBC News
Diana Award

Through immersive community-led programmes and edtechnology, we offer comprehensive support to those who are unfamiliar with navigating higher education. In collaboration with UK universities and graduate employers, we have established an ecosystem to promote academic, personal, and professional development.

We are working towards a world where every young person, irrespective of their background, has access to vital tools, resources, and networks needed to turn their aspirations into reality.

University feels like navigating through the dark, whilst others have a torch.

1st year first-generation student

Data shows that two-thirds of undergraduates are first-generation students attending university and pursuing graduate jobs. Over the past four years, we have worked directly with students to understand why persistent national gaps in outcomes exist.


Felt overwhelmed about navigating university for the first time. (In 2023, we surveyed 54 first-generation students).

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Our social impact

During the cost of living crisis, we facilitated £10,000 in grants provided to first-generation students from low-income households.


Felt empowered to continue onto their second year at university (2023, post-programme survey results).


Have improved mental and emotional wellbeing (2023, post-programme survey results).


Of students have applied for work/insight experiences as a result of attending the programme (2023, post-programme survey results).

Our team

FirstGens is delivered by a team of volunteers, paid project members and an advisory board, all united with a passion to galvanise social mobility in the UK.