Supporting Care Leavers at University

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Priya Clarke, Co-Chair, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers & Widening Participation Officer, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Natalie Latham, Project Manager, University of Wolverhampton
  • Jenny Lawton-Hunt, Widening Participation & Outreach Coordinator & Emily Marsh, Senior Transitions Officer & Contact for Care Leavers and Students Estranged from Family, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Emily Hughes, Access & Support Manager, Kingston University
  • Carrie Wilson, Young People's Project Coordinator, The Care Leavers' Association
  • Christine Colson, Care Leavers Support Officer, University of Greenwich
  • (Chair) Professor John Storan, Co-director, Action on Access & Director of Continuum, Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University of East London


The Government is committed to widening access to HE for students who have left care. At this Westminster Briefing event on 10th May we will examine the Government’s 2016 care leaver strategy Keep On Caring and discuss how changes to wider welfare and specific support for care leavers have affected their access to University. We will consider how Universities can best support care leavers throughout their student journey and help them achieve their full potential.  

Key issues to be addressed:

  • An overview of the Government’s care leaver strategy - what has been the impact?
  • Support from pre-application to post-graduation
  • Local Authorities and schools
  • Inspiring children in care to apply to HE
  • Determining and advertising eligibility for student support schemes
  • Accessing and providing financial support for care leavers
  • Understanding the best points in time and methods for providing help and support
  • Innovative examples of successful delivery
  • Single-point-of-contact and one-stop-shop schemes
  • Sharing experiences and examples locally & nationally

The event:

In the morning session we will consider support for care leavers from pre-admission to after graduation as well as how to build a cross-institutional approach to supporting these students.

In the afternoon’s session we will hear about examples of delivering support effectively, as well as sharing experiences among fellow practitioners.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from across higher education, schools, local authorities and the third sector, including colleagues in: university access and admissions, student services, financial support, outreach, student advice centres, counselling service, students’ unions, departmental and faculty representatives, local authority children’s services and social care teams, and anyone with an interest in improving vulnerable children leaving care’s access to and success at university.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Wednesday 10th May 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector
 | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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