The University of Strathclyde has won an award for its innovative programme which supports young people with experience of the care system progressing through higher education, from pre-application to graduation and beyond.
Strathclyde Cares was presented its Guardian University Award on Tuesday (24 April) this week under the 'Retention, support and student outcomes' category. The Awards, which are in their sixth year, recognise the universities that inspire students and transform communities.
The Strathclyde Cares project was established to reduce the gap between looked after young people in Scotland who go to university, compared to all school leavers.
It is one of the first programmes in the UK to help students who have experience of the care system and support includes: one-to-one mentoring support from staff; a chance to become a paid student ambassador; and financial assistance with graduation, accommodation and other funding opportunities.
Read the University of Strathclyde's Widening Access Support Officer, Louise Martin's blog post on the CELCIS website, about the support that is given to care experienced young people coming to university.