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'The First Step of the HE Journey'

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Introducing the UCAS tick box for estranged applicants and supporting estranged students and their teachers/advisers pre-entry into HE

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Stand Alone is running this conference in collaboration with UCAS. You will hear from UCAS about the new tick box for estranged applicants to self-identify and the UCAS project around supporting estranged students at pre-application stage.

A panel of current estranged students will share their experiences of the challenges they faced when applying to higher education while at school/college.

The aim of the conference is also to explore how to provide information, advice and guidance for estranged applicants and their teachers/advisers through outreach pre-entry and support with transition into your institution. You will have the opportunity to discuss best practice with colleagues in a workshop of your choice.

DRAFT Programme

10.30am WELCOME TO UCL: Professor Norbert Pachler, Pro-Vice-Provost UCL and Pro-Director of the Institute of Education

10.40am WELCOME BY CHAIR: Becca Bland, CEO Stand Alone

11.00am PRESENTATIONS: Stand Alone and UCAS

Who are estranged students? What support is available to them for HE? The new UCAS ‘tick box’

12.00pm STUDENT VOICE

What are estranged students’ experiences of IAG about university progression and what do they need?

1.00pm LUNCH

1.45pm WORKSHOPS (You will be able to choose your workshop on the day).

Workshop 1: Katie Whalley, Widening Participation Officer, University of Bristol: ‘Engaging and supporting estranged students: the challenges and successes of developing IAG and delivering targeted outreach to schools and colleges’ .

The aim of this session is to give an oversight of the current challenges faced in engaging with estranged students at a HE level, as well as providing you with some potential ways to overcome the barriers that our sector can face in increasing estranged student access and participation. Katie will discuss some strategies and events that the University of Bristol has implemented to support and encourage estranged students in engaging with and applying to HE. Ultimately, it will help you to reflect on what your institution currently does, and what it could do, to increase the number of estranged students who want to enter HE with your support.

Workshop 2: Karen Western, Widening Access Officer and a current estranged student ambassador, Brunel University: ‘Working with estranged student ambassadors’

The workshop will look at how to reach and improve access for estranged students by working with ambassadors. Karen will outline at Brunel’s widening access project with the local council and local charities and examples of raising awareness to improve the pre-entry experience for those progressing to university without parental support. Being an ambassador also benefits the estranged students themselves and you will hear from a current student ambassador about their work. Karen will also explore how to ensure estranged students are offered this opportunity whether or not they wish to disclose their status.

Workshop 3: Kendra Argile, Senior WP & Outreach Officer, Sheffield Hallam University: ‘Supporting estranged students into SHU – a case study’

The workshop with look at Sheffield Hallam University's support for estranged students, with an emphasis on pre-entry to transition and an overview of on course support. The workshop will also have a focus on sharing best practice and what the new UCAS tick boxes will mean for HE institutions in terms of outreach and IAG.

Workshop 4: Dan Keenan, named point of contact for estranged students, Glasgow University: ‘Reaching estranged students pre-entry and supporting them into HE’

Dan will provide an overview of the University's work in this area (including the outreach work, and support and provision in place for estranged students). The workshop will then focus on the opportunities presented by the new UCAS tick-box, and the possibilities going forward for institutions to be more proactive and effective in targeting and supporting estranged students. Attendees will explore best practice around: how best to encourage applicant engagement, the language used re ‘Estrangement’ and definitions of ‘Estrangement’, and effective messaging to relevant stakeholders (schools, colleges, etc.) regarding the function and importance of the UCAS checkbox.

3.00pm WORKSHOP FEEDBACK

What needs to be included in IAG to students, teachers / advisers to support estranged young people pre-entry into HE?

3.30pm CLOSE

Programme correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change.

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