Fran Hornsby, Student Support and Advice Coordinator and dedicated contact for care experienced/estranged students, and Chris Hoyle, Management Information Analyst (Evaluation) and alumni, with University of York current students Poppy Asker, Chloe Sodeau and Leo McClelland and Jacob Moore
An interactive seminar presented by the University of York, during which participants will be encouraged to consider the perspectives and experiences of care experienced and estranged students, through their university journey. This will include students' voices about their expectations of, concerns about, and hopes for university life. These will be mapped against initiatives introduced by the university to best provide a holistic package of support, and encourage an environment in which students can thrive. Depending on numbers, delegates will be involved using one or more of the following: jamboard, chat function, breakout rooms, polls and padlet.
Moira Mitchell, Consultant, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)
Michael Hill, Assistant Professor in Learning and Teaching, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Although the participation in HE of people with a background of care is increasing1, institutions still have a lot to learn about the factors that affect their access, success and progression2. Building on the previous work of the Buttle Trust3 and informed by recent research4, NNECL5 has developed a Quality Mark for the Inclusion and Success of Care Experienced Students. Working within the Quality Mark framework and starting with the commitments typically made in Access and Participation Plans, this seminar will focus on building an evidence base by considering the types of data and information needed to deliver these commitments and to become more ambitious in future. We will also outline the key components of an institutional strategy to support the success of care experienced students and consider how to establish the building blocks of such a strategy.