University’s confirms commitment to supporting estranged students

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 25, 2017 05:01 PM |
We are proud of our excellent commitment to Widening Participation and this has been underlined as we signed the Standalone Pledge.

Estranged students are young people who are studying without the support or approval of family members and despite their very strong commitment to studying, they face many barriers and challenges and drop out of HE at a rate that is three times higher than the average.

The Standalone Pledge confirms our support for estranged students with current provision, and also commits us to further development in this area.

Our pledge has been signed by Professor Julie Coleman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. In confirming our support for Standalone, Julie said: “We’re backing this pledge up with practical and financial support to help estranged students meet their full potential.

"In addition to all of the practical, financial and pastoral support that’s available to all of our students, there are designated contacts in both the Student Welfare Service and Widening Participation team and estranged students are one of the priority groups for discretionary funding from the Hardship fund and Vacation Award fund.”

Dr Hannah Ordoyno, who leads our Widening Participation team underlined this commitment, saying: “Recent data from SLC identifies Leicester as one of the top 10 cities in England for estranged applicants to HE. Standalone were therefore keen invite us to take the Pledge and we were pleased to do so!

“Although the numbers of estranged students are relatively low within HE, the barriers they face are high and I'm thrilled that we are able to demonstrate our commitment to supporting these students.”

You can find more details on the Standalone Pledge website.

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