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02/12/2019First Findings Report for 'Pathways to University from Care' published

A new report based on research conducted as part of the ‘Battling the Odds: Pathways to University from Care’ project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at the University of Sheffield, has just been published.

'Pathways to University from Care - Findings Report One' invited care experienced students to share their journeys through care and their transitions to university life. The report focuses particularly on the issues affecting care experienced students in their journey to and through university. The recommendations at the end of the report highlight the steps that universities can take in order to support their students through this transition and improve outcomes for their care experienced students:

  1. Define who is considered a ‘care leaver’
  2. Offer contextual admissions where appropriate
  3. Have a designated named contact
  4. Be clear about the nature of ‘support’ on offer
  5. Offer a care leaver bursary
  6. Offer training to Local Authorities, Personal Advisers, Schools and Colleges
  7. Run pre-entry summer schools and homework clubs
  8. Offer support on arrival day
  9. Provide welcome packs for students in their accommodation
  10. Introduce early registration for care experienced students
  11. Introduce alcohol-free accommodation options
  12. Offer affordable 365-day accommodation
  13. Train all student-facing staff to recognise the additional needs of care experienced students
  14. Fast track mental health support
  15. Boost support for final year students

The team behind the report also prepared a short video based on its findings, which incorporates the views and perspectives of 234 university students with care experience.

Pathways to University from Care - Findings Report One