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Care Experienced and Estranged Students Forum

Chair: Liz Routhorn, Widening Participation Manager, London Metropolitan University.

This forum provides a consultative assembly for those staff from AccessHE member HEIs working to support progression to HE for learners from care backgrounds and/or those estranged from their families. This includes those young people from unaccompanied asylum seeker backgrounds.

The forum recently held its Life After University event for care-experienced and estranged students currently in HE and is exploring collaborative outputs with virtual schools and local authorities around data-sharing agreements, mentoring opportunities and information for foster carers, adopting parents and key workers.


  • To develop sets of learning or information materials or signpost to existing resources.
  • To jointly deliver activities with the target group.
  • To jointly deliver activities with those supporting and advising this group including teachers, careers staff, local authorities, social workers and HE practitioners.
  • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking and information sharing.

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2017-18 meetings