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Sheffield supports students estranged from families

University of Sheffield signs pledge to support students who are estranged from their families

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 01, 2017 | Students

Students who are estranged from their families will receive comprehensive support in HE as part of a pledge signed by the University of Sheffield.

The pledge, launched by the charity Stand Alone, is a commitment by higher education institutions to recognise and strengthen their current and future support for students who are estranged from their families.

The pledge recognises the University of Sheffield’s commitment to provide help in four key areas where estranged students feel the lack of family support the most: finance, accommodation, access and transition, and mental health and wellbeing.

Amongst the additional support, the University has designated staff to provide information, advice, and support on the finance available to students. Sheffield also provides enhanced bursaries and scholarships, available to both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Specialist staff at the university provide bespoke support to help students secure year-long accommodation. Students living in University-owned accommodation are also supported 24/7 by Sheffield’s Residence Life team.

Students are offered a peer mentor from their academic department who is in the year above. The mentor acts as a friendly face and a source of support to ease the transition into University life. The Student Advice Centre in the Students' Union also provides independent and confidential advice to students who are estranged from their families to support their transition to university.

We’re proud to pledge our support for an initiative which helps some of the most vulnerable students in higher education. We believe that people from all parts of society should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of their backgrounds or personal circumstances - Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education at the University of Sheffield

Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education at the University of Sheffield, said: “We’re proud to pledge our support for an initiative which helps some of the most vulnerable students in higher education. We believe that people from all parts of society should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of their backgrounds or personal circumstances, so we’re delighted to be part of this project which helps with that.

“As a university, we have a long history of supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve success in applying to university and studying with us.” 

For more information about Stand Alone please visit: http://www.thestandalonepledge.org.uk/.

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