Topic briefing

Estranged students

Published 27 July 2020


Below are some examples of how providers have supported outcomes for estranged students which you may find helpful when developing your own approaches. Some of these approaches may not yet be fully evaluated.

We will update this page with more examples of effective practice as we identify them. If you have, or are aware of, examples of effective practice in this area please contact [email protected].

Financial support at The University of Central Lancashire

Students who are estranged from their families are prioritised for financial support and are offered a bursary of £1,000 per year in line with the support offered to care leavers.

They are also provided with a dedicated contact who works with each student to create a personalised estranged student plan, and is available to offer advice when needed.

The university has also taken the Stand Alone Pledge to show their commitment to support these students.

Support at London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University has created a designated named contact for estranged students and has proactively advertised the support available.

The university is in the process of updating its enrolment process to engage with estranged students as soon as they have arrived.

The university has signed the Stand Alone Pledge and runs events for estranged students through the AccessHE care experienced and estranged students forum.

Student insight at The University of Hull

The university has been working closely with care leavers, care experienced and estranged students to gain insights into their experience and the barriers they face in order to inform how support infrastructures are constructed and delivered in the future.

As part of this, students have contributed to the development of an e-guide aimed specifically at care leavers, care experienced and estranged students. Student input has also informed the development of the university’s ‘introduction to higher education day’ in partnership with the University of York and York St John University.

Published 27 July 2020

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