Care-Experienced Students in Higher Education Thematic Interest Group
Co-convenors: Dr Neil Harrison (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) & Dr Andrew Harvey (La Trobe University, Australia)
The purpose of this new thematic interest group within INTRAC is to bring together researchers with a particular interest in care leavers and other care-experienced people who participate in higher education.
It is intended that the group will be broad-based and interdisciplinary, with an expansive remit to include (but not be limited by) the following:
- The experiences of care-experienced students, including outreach, entry, retention and completion.
- The national, regional or institutional policy around supporting care-experienced students, including related fields such as housing.
- The mental health of care-experienced students and how they are supported by professional services.
- The interfaces between higher education and other fields including schooling, vocational education and graduate employment.
- The professionalisation of support services and the implementation of national quality schemes.
- The specific experiences of older care-experienced students who are returning to study after a substantial break.
Cognisant of the different national models in place, a broad definition of higher education is being used to include undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as vocational and other variants.
The aims of the group will be:
- to enable members to share their published and ongoing work with other interested parties;
- to provide a forum for discussion of findings, methodology or good practice;
- to explore communalities and differences between national contexts;
- to discuss possible collaborative funding applications; and
- to organise international network meetings or similar events.
To find out more about the group or to join, please contact Neil Harrison at [email protected].