The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) is delighted to announce the award of the NNECL Quality Mark to the following institutions:

• Liverpool John Moores University;
• University of York;
• Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; and
• University of Sunderland.

Patricia Ambrose, NNECL Director, commented:

“Many congratulations to this new group of institutions achieving the Quality Mark. All have ably demonstrated their commitment to care experienced students and provided inspiring examples of the types of high quality and personalised support they provide. It is particularly encouraging to see how the framework is relevant to different types of provider, including our first award to a specialist higher education institution, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

“Our webinar on 12 April exploring Learning from the Quality Mark Submissions will include reflections from these new awardees on their experiences in going through the accreditation process.

“We have several other universities and colleges currently working through the Quality Mark and strongly encourage others to come forward to demonstrate the quality of their support for this under-represented group of students.”

Michelle Donelan, Minister for Higher and Further Education, reiterated her support for the initiative, in the following statement:

“One of the themes that has come out loud and proud in my conversations with
care-experienced and estranged students is that there are many who have the
ability to succeed in higher education, but sadly do not get what they need to be a

“That is something which must be addressed because, as I have long-argued, it is
not enough to simply get students through the door. It is about supporting them
once at university with high-quality courses which guide them towards a skilled
career and successful future.

“That is why I am delighted to see NNECL’s Quality Mark zero in on getting the right
information to students on the academic and pastoral support available to them
along with tailored mentoring and financial advice.

“The institutions that have achieved the Quality Mark today deserve the highest
praise for their success.”

i The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) is a community of education and other professionals working together to transform the progression of care experienced people into and through further and higher education. Our mission is to support, connect and empower our community, with the ultimate goal that more care-experienced people will be able to access and progress through further and
higher education into fulfilling careers. We have grown from a volunteer network and became a registered charity in 2018 (Registered Charity Number 1180793).
ii See the NNECL website for further information about the Quality Mark.
iii The NNECL webinar on Learning from the Quality Mark Submissions takes place on Tuesday 12 April 2022 from 13.00-14.00. Further details are available HERE.

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