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The impact of family estrangement on student success in UK Higher Education

Work by the GHWY partnership to develop a collaborative Stand Alone pledge during 2018-19 has been backed-up by a new research paper. 

Estranged young people – those in the 18-24 age bracket who are studying without the support and approval of a family network – have been highlighted as a vulnerable group. 

The report notes that unstable housing, financial difficulties, and an inability to prioritise their course of study have a negative impact on them succeeding in higher education.

It concludes that poverty is the prime reason for such students to discontinue their education, and urges institutions to think innovatively about how to offer better support. 

Recommendations include Higher Education institutions becoming part of the corporate parenting structure for estranged young people, and introducing a specific bursary to help them afford accommodation over the summer period.

GHWY partners are responding to the needs of this group of young people through pledging whatever support they can offer in key areas.

Read the full paper in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.