University recognised for support of care leavers
The University of Edinburgh has received The Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark to acknowledge support provided for care leavers entering higher education.
Children’s charity, The Frank Buttle Trust, provides grants and support to enable young people to undertake courses at universities and other higher education institutions.
The problems faced by young people who have been in care can seriously hamper their ability to acquire educational qualifications or employment skills.
Kathleen Hood, the University’s Widening Participation (WP) Manager is delighted to be working with the Trust.
The University is committed to increasing diversity and equal opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds. Young people leaving care may find it daunting to consider going to university without the emotional and financial support that is normally provided by families and only around 3% of Scottish Care leavers go on to Higher Education. The WP team looks forward therefore to working with the Trust, colleagues across the University and local social services staff in a range of outreach and awareness raising activities.
The Quality Mark
The Trust has created a Quality Mark that recognises institutions which go that extra mile to provide support to students who have been in public care.
To be awarded the Quality Mark, the University of Edinburgh demonstrated that it will provide comprehensive support for such students.
The Quality Mark shows that the University has developed an action plan to raise aspirations and achievements, ensure that admissions procedures for care leavers are appropriate and will provide ongoing support for students.