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].

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