Introduction to University Day
Jade Ward from the Social Policy Research Unit was invited as a guest speaker to the 'Introduction to University' day for care leavers and professionals, held at the University of Hull on 29th. May 2019.
For some people the decision to go to university can be difficult. Many young people leaving care are faced with negative statistics about perceived outcomes when leaving care. Thinking about going to university can be daunting or unimaginable. This information day provided an opportunity for care leavers, foster carers and professionals to learn about the process of applying to university, and what to expect once they get there.
The aim of the day was to provide an overview of applying to university for young people leaving care. The day included workshops on choosing a course and university, student finance, student support, and careers. There was also a student panel with some current undergraduate students (some of whom were also care leavers) and a campus tour.
Jade Ward spoke about her personal journey of starting university at the age of 22 and outlined the support she received as a mature student and a care leaver attending higher education. Jade said, "The day was fantastic. It was great to see so many young people and professionals working together to make higher education accessible."
It is expected that the event will run annually and be hosted by a different partner university each year.