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Providing CPD to Youth and Education Practitioners working with post-16 estranged students across England.

In collaboration with Stand Alone and the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership, the Southern Universities Network (SUN) is hosting the Estranged Students CPD Conference on Thursday 24 November 2022 starting at 1:30pm via Zoom. This virtual conference is designed for Youth and Education Practitioners who work with post-16 students that are or may become estranged. During the conference, attendees will gain a greater understanding of estranged students and practical advice on how to support them applying to university, in addition to hearing updates from the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership.

Session content:

This conference will include a keynote speaker and four sessions; attendees will be able to choose two out of the four sessions to attend. The sessions will support practitioners to understand more about who estranged students are, get information on how to support estranged students who are applying to university and learn more about what the Uni Connect Estranged Students Partnership has been creating.

Each session will be approximately 40 minutes long, with 10 minutes at the end for Q&A, and two running concurrently. More details on the sessions and how to select your session will follow.

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Conference Overview:

Keynote Speaker: Uni Connect Estranged and Kinship Students Partnership

Session One:

• Susan Mueller, Stand Alone: Hidden Voices - Introduction to Estranged Students

This session will provide attendees with a greater understanding of estrangement, who estranged students are, the barriers, opportunities and statistics around applying to and studying at university.

• Nicola Turner, UCAS: Supporting Estranged Students’ UCAS Applications

Overview of the new UCAS tick box for estranged students and information on how to support estranged students making their UCAS applications to university.

Session Two:

• Kevin McMullan, Student Finance England: Supporting Estranged Students’ Finance Applications

Student Finance England will provide the details around the application process for estranged students and how practitioners can support with this process.

Tahera Mayat, Go Higher West Yorkshire: Collaborative Stand Alone Pledge Best Practice

Go Higher West Yorkshire Uni Connect Partnership has created one of the first collaborative Stand Alone Pledges in the country. This session covers the benefits of collaborative pledges, outputs from this work and sharing their best practice.

Panel & Closing Remarks

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Becki Perryman by email

You can book for free online here.

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