Case study: The University of Nottingham
Key elements of the university’s ongoing provision include:
- working closely with local authorities, trusts and virtual schools to make available information about higher education that it relevant and accessible; this includes working with virtual schools on outreach activities for looked after children.
- ensuring that relevant staff in these organisations are aware of the support offered to care leavers studying with the university
- flagging up care leavers during the application process and treating them under its flexible admissions scheme
- offering a pre-entry meeting to care leavers who receive an offer from the university, to facilitate their awareness and uptake of the support available. At care leavers’ request, pre-entry meetings can also include staff from Financial Support, Accommodation Services and the academic School.
- providing an additional bursary of £1,000 a year for the duration of study and accommodation throughout the calendar year
- additional welcome activities when they start university and providing ongoing support and information during their time here
- sharing good practice via EMCLASS, the regional practitioners’ group.
“I bought a laptop with my scholarship money so I can work at home. I simply wouldn’t have coped without it. My life has turned around through education. Now I’m positively moving forward and gaining confidence in my own abilities. I’ve even managed to get onto the University’s ‘students in classrooms’ mentoring project. My experiences might help someone in a similar situation to believe their potential.”