24/07/2018Residential Success for Pupils In Care at Liverpool John Moores University

From Tuesday 27th- Wednesday 28th June, Liverpool John Moores University Outreach welcomed 25 young people from across the North West Region to their annual Year 10 Residential, targeted specifically at those in care.

Throughout the residential, 14-15 year old pupils spend two days on campus whilst also staying overnight at LJMU approved student accommodation. This annual event aims to give participants a real insight into student life and introduce them to the concept of Higher Education - all whilst helping them see the inclusive nature that LJMU maintains.   

The students took part in a range of educational and social activities from a citywide scavenger hunt to taster sessions delivered by current LJMU Students. The final day saw participants perfect their culinary skills, creating homemade dishes at the IM Marsh Food Academy. The afternoon then saw students don their cap and gowns and graduate from the residential.  

The feedback truly exampled the positive impact widening participation events have:

“I enjoyed every minute. This is the best experience I’ve had so far”

“The best thing about my time at LJMU was cooking the food and then all sitting down to eat together”.

Teaching and Local Authority staff also said “The whole experience for the students was absolutely brilliant. They have all said how much they have gotten out of it and how the two days were a lot more than they ever expected. They only wish it had been for longer!” “The girls have been buzzing to tell me how much they have enjoyed their time at LJMU.I would like to thank Catherine and the team for giving some of our children in care the fantastic opportunities you do”. 

Organiser, Catherine Shillito (Account Manager, Student Recruitment & Admissions), commented “This event is just one of many targeted programmes we offer care-experienced students. It highlights the need to offer groups who are under-represented in H.E, the opportunity to  learn and develop all whilst creating lasting friendships. Over the next year we will continue to arrange a series of inbound activities, as well as offering our school mentoring programme. The feedback from both students and staff has cemented how fundamental Widening Participation is, with the majority of attendees stating they are now more likely to apply to university”.

For more information about the Widening Participation work LJMU support, please contact Catherine Shillito at or call 0151 904 6364. For more information on the support available for care leavers at LJMU please visit or contact Phil Bakstad

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