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Estranged Students Resources

During Estranged Students’ Solidarity Week 2022 (21 – 15 Nov),in collaboration with Stand Alone and the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership, the SUN hosted the Estranged Students CPD Conference on Thursday 24 November 2022. 

We were joined virtually by educational professionals from across England to hear a range of talks aimed at supporting them to understand more about who estranged students are and how to support them when applying to university. Speakers included representatives from UCAS, Student Finance England, Go Higher West Yorkshire, and Stand Alone, in addition to a keynote speech from Emma Platt-Lowe, Chair of the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership.  

The conference marks the launch of a wider CPD offer and resources which will support the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership’s which you can book onto and read about below.

If you couldn’t join us on the day, you can watch the speaker videos below!

Emma Platt-LoweKeynote Talk

How the Uni Connect Estranged Student Partnership came to be, their core aims, and an introduction to the conference.

Susan MuellerStand Alone: Hidden Voices – Introduction to Estranged Students

An overview of estrangement, who estranged students are, the barriers, opportunities and statistics around applying to and studying at university.

Nicola Turner – UCAS: Supporting Estranged Students’ UCAS Applications

An overview of the new UCAS tick box for estranged students and information on how to support estranged students making their UCAS applications to university.

Kevin McMullan – Student Finance England: Supporting Estranged Students’ Finance Applications

Details around the application process for estranged students, and how practitioners can support with this process.

Tahera Mayat and Susan Darlington – Go Higher West Yorkshire: Collaborative Stand Alone Pledge Best Practice

Go Higher West Yorkshire Uni Connect Partnership has created one of the first collaborative Stand Alone Pledges in the country. This talk explores the benefits of collaborative pledges, outputs from this work, and sharing their best practice.

To book onto the ‘Introduction to Supporting Estranged Students’ CPD

The Uni Connect Estranged and Kinship Students Partnership is committed to raising awareness around kinship care and estrangement. We signpost educational practitioners to the support available, whilst providing resources and CPD.

In collaboration with Stand Alone and Student Finance England, the Estranged and Kinship Students Partnership has developed a guide statement, with an accompanying resource for all Uni Connect Partners.

For more information on the conference