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Engaging Estranged Students #SAEESconf

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Reaching estranged students and involving them in university life is key to a positive and successful higher education experience and to enabling the student-led development of support. A number of universities that have taken the Stand Alone Pledge will discuss ways in which they are working to overcome the challenges of engaging estranged students and will present on projects they have developed with and for estranged students.

A big part of the day will be the contributions from estranged students from different universities about engaging with their own institutions and being involved in a peer support group.

Workshops and presentations to include (tbc): student focus groups to develop institutional support and policy, creating a sense of belonging for estranged students, working in partnership with the Student Union, engaging estranged students across the student life-cylce and setting up and running a student-led support group for estranged students (PAUSE).

The outline of the day is as follows, subject to change.

9.00am Registration opens

10.00am Welcome to Salford University

10.10am Welcome from Stand Alone

10.20am Meeting Senior Management: Students from Salford University share their experience of meeting with their PVC, Prof. Sam Grogan

10.40am Brunel University: engaging with students and staff

11.00am PAUSE: the peer support group at Salford University: Experiences, successes, pitfalls

11.45am Coffee

12.00pm Workshop session 1

Choice 1A: Kingston University: A life cycle approach to supporting estranged learners and how the Pledge has informed our provision of support.

Kingston University has been supporting estranged learners for a number of years. Our sustained programme aims to support the University's access, progression and attrition rates for some of the most marginalised and under-represented students. The Stand Alone Pledge has enabled the University to reassess our support for the cohort of estranged young people and with the Senior Management's encouragement and assistance has enabled us to exert our influence in acknowledging the extensive barriers and specific needs that estranged learners may face and how we can overcome these challenges in order to provide an inclusive and supportive environment. Our work is informed by students (through evaluation, focus groups and case work) and this workshop will outline Kingston's programme of support and how we engage with estranged learners within this.

Choice 1B: Brunel University: Engaging Students - What works why and how.

Brunel University engages with estranged students to help them belong to their university and be part of the community of students. The workshop will discuss practical tips to improve engagement with individuals and groups of students, with input from a current student.

1.00pm LUNCH

1.45pm Workshop session 2

Choice 2A: Keele University: Working with Students Unions to engage estranged students

Keele SU and Keele University will discuss their experiences of working together to engage estranged students as part of the Stand Alone / NUS campaign week in November 2017 #WithEstrangedStudents. The session will look at the benefits of working in partnership with Student Unions and discuss ways in which we can continue to work together in the future.

Choice 2B: University of Sunderland: The Stand Alone Pledge and involving estranged students - the story so far.

In January 2017 we signed the Stand Alone Pledge and started our journey of identifying and supporting our estranged students. Find out why we made this decision, how we got started, the progress we've made so far, and our plans for the future. We will share practical examples of how we engaged with our estranged students, including the focus group they attended with our Pro Vice Chancellor. Following an interactive presentation we will share ideas of how we can all embed the Stand Alone Pledge in our institutions and share best practice moving forward.
This workshop will be delivered by Wendy Price and David Metcalfe from the University of Sunderland. We also hope to have one of our students contributing to our presentation, answering any questions and suggesting practical hints and tips to university staff who are developing their Stand Alone Pledge action plan.

2.45pm Close by Chair



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