First and foremost, Salford University is a hugely friendly and accessible place, that really values its working class history dating back from 1896. It continues to welcome everyone from every background. This also means that we want to make sure that our support we offer works for all students.
We have had a support package in place for care leavers since 2007 and since then our commitment to ensuring that we have the very best learning environment for all our care leavers hasn’t wavered. We are proud to have approximately 180 care experienced people studying here each year.
We have a comprehensive package of support that includes the usual (accommodation, care leaver bursaries, guaranteed Student Ambassador work, a dedicated care leaver contact, bespoke open days, paid transport to recruitment events, graduation support, academic support etc) but we try to go above and beyond this to empower care experienced young people to have the confidence to succeed in all parts of their lives. This includes leadership development opportunities, internships, opportunities to build confidence and skills.
But it has never been just about supporting the individual, it has always been about building partnerships to increase the participation of care experienced young people in higher education. We do this because we truly believe that education is for all, and at present many barriers exist which need to be addressed outside the walls of the university. Consequently we have played a leading role in developing partnerships with local authorities (providing training and conferences for foster carers, social workers, etc), regional education providers networks (NorthCLASS & GM Higher), and city wide multi agency initiatives such as the Greater Manchester LAC Forum. Additionally, our care leaver lead, Arron Pile, was involved in the early beginnings of NNECL, spent many years as its co-chair and is now a Trustee of NNECL in its move to charity status. The University has always encouraged this participation and is proud of NNECL and what it achieves and will always support NNECL is achieving its goals which are also goals of the university. NNECL’s work is crucial and we encourage all HEI’s to get involved.
You can contact Jane Hopkinson and the Diversity Team at askUS on 0161 295 0023 or by email Careleaver@salford.ac.uk for support related questions or Arron Pile on 0161 295 2152 or by email A.Pile@salford.ac.uk for anything related to the planning and development of services and partnerships.