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1 Dr Steve Lake, Head of Access & Partnerships The Buttle UK Quality Mark: Promoting Change in Higher Education

2 A framework for positive change Care leavers a priority for higher education Putting Care Leavers on the Agenda Well done Buttle UK!

3 Access Success Specific guidance on inclusion of LAC and care leavers: ties-and-colleges/guidance- and-useful-information/how-to- address-the-needs-of-looked- after-childrencare-leavers/ Buttle UK Quality Mark growing in importance and value

4 The Solent Story (1) Strong record in widening participation over last decade Key partner in Aimhigher: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Lead partner in Hampshire & IoW Lifelong Learning Network BUT – UP UNTIL 2009 NO RECOGNITION OF THE NEEDS OF LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN & CARE LEAVERS The Strategic Planning Process April 2008

5 The Solent Story (2) So – What happened? Buttle UK A member of staff champions the agenda Links with local authorities Aimhigher plays its part – bringing HEIs together

6 Internal Networks Existing students! Senior management Support services Marketing Academic staff The message? The Strategic Planning Process April 2008

7 Partnership Working ‘We Care Partnership’ established 2010 Chaired by Southampton Solent, membership includes Universities of Winchester, Portsmouth and Southampton and the four local authorities in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Now adopted as a sub-group of the Hampshire Universities Widening Participation Group Sharing good practice and facilitating communication

8 Promoting Change A structure - QM Staff Champions Internal Networking External Networking Listening to Students Tight plans and open minds! The Strategic Planning Process April 2008

9 External Networks Local authorities Schools/colleges Other universities Other networks e.g. FACE The Strategic Planning Process April 2008

10 Promoting success Winning the argument: Initial feedback from students Rise in applications from LAC (up 45% in 2011 using 2010 as base year) Improved retention (43% in 2010 rising to 93% in 2011)

11 Questions Dr Steve Lake Head of Access & Partnerships Southampton Solent University


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