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The University’s We Care team has gained its second national accolade in the space of a week – and later this year will be recognised in Westminster.

Last week the We Care Team were highlighted as an example of excellent practice in a briefing from the Office for Students, and this week they have been named as a national finalist for the NEON Widening Access Initiative awards 2020.

The NEON Awards celebrate success in widening access to higher education work. In particular they recognise the students who have progressed to HE from widening access backgrounds, and how they made this journey.


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The We Care team’s submission highlighted their work with estranged students, that is students who have no parental home to go to and no parental contact to rely on, talk to or ask for emotional or financial support.  The work of the team has become particularly challenging – and essential - during the current Covid-19 crisis.

They are currently supporting 128 care experienced and estranged students.

The team’s submission highlighted three of our inspirational young people - Alex Hoey, who is studying BA (Hons) Media Production, Tanika Williams, BA (Hons) Events Management, and Stephen Creighton, who is studying BA (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport. You can read their stories below.

Wendy Price, We Care Team Manager, says: “The University is renowned for its supportive and nurturing approach to students, ensuring that everyone regardless of their background has the opportunity to achieve their full potential."