Going to University from Care

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Format:
Paperback / softback, 79 pages, 297 mm x 210 mm
ISBN:
9780854737154
Published:
1 May 2005
Imprint:
Institute of Education

Price: £9.99

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At present only one child in a hundred goes to university from care. The findings of the research reported here suggest that, given the chance, far more of these young people have the potential to benefit from higher education. Local authorities, schools and universities should work together to raise aspirations and provide the financial, practical and emotional support that is needed. Going to University from Care is the final report of the five-year 'By Degrees' study, which followed three successive groups of young people entering higher education from a background in local authority care. The research was commissioned by the Frank Buttle Trust, which has a long history of providing grant aid to children in adversity and those lacking family support, and particularly of promoting their education, including supporting students and trainees in further and higher education. 'By Degrees' is designed to influence policy and practice at national and local levels.

  • Sonia Jackson

    Sonia Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Social Studies and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She directed the 'By Degrees' project.

  • Sarah Ajayi

    Research Officer

    Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London

  • Margaret Quigley

    Research Officer

    Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London

Foreword
Summary
1 Introduction
2 The research process
3 The participants
4 Care and education before university
5 The experience of university
6 Dropping out or hanging on
7 Coming from overseas
8 The local authority as corporate parent
9 Widening participation
10 Conclusions
11 Recommendations
Appendix 1 The path from care to graduation
Appendix 2 By Degrees Advisory Group
Appendix 3 Universities and colleges attended by participants
Appendix 4 Publications and presentations by the By Degrees research team 2001-2004
Appendix 5 Financial support for care leavers at university