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Welcome to the April issue of GHWY's Newsletter for HE Providers. 

I wanted to write to those involved in our work to say thank you for your support and input during recent weeks, as well as your patience as we work out how to move activity online where appropriate. We are looking forward to hosting online meetings in May of the Access and Participation Strategy Group and the Go Higher Skills Group, and are working towards an online Good Practice Programme event in June. 

Thank you also to those institutions who have so far fed-in their thoughts to support the development of GHWY's strategy, to cover the period up to July 2025. It is vital that we hear from all institutions in our partnership so that we can ensure your voice is represented and the work of the partnership remains relevant to you. The deadline for responses is this Friday (1 May). 

The work of partnerships such as GHWY will continue to remain relevant as we navigate and respond to this unusual situation. We have further developed a Covid-19 webpage aimed at those thinking about Higher Education, and the Office for Students has asked Uni Connect partnerships to support their response aimed at prospective students, including via an IAG offer. 

The team and I all hope that you remain safe and well during these times, and look forward to continuing to work together with you. 


GHWY launches pack of online resources to complement the Care Leaver Covenant 

We have developed a pack of reflective resources for key influencers of care experienced young people that will complement the Care Leaver Covenant. 

These additional resources are designed to help people who live, work with or support care experienced young people to reflect on their roles as people with influence over young people's aspirations, decisions and actions.  

Read more.
New Research Analysis Forum paper focused on BAME

The new paper for the Research Analysis Forum is focused on closing the attainment gap for BAME students through institutional change. 

The aim of the forum is to consider the value of recent research and what we can learn from it in order to build a collaborative evidence base. 

To access the paper and contribute to the discussion please click here. 
Covid-19: advice and support for young people studying without a family network

We recognise that this is a difficult time for care leavers and estranged students and have produced a document that signposts them to appropriate guidance based on mental health / wellbeing difficulties they may experience during lockdown.

The resource includes links to help them cope with isolation, manage stress and anxiety, and financial concerns. 

Read more.

Blogs and opportunities
Events and workshops in an age of lockdown

Andrew Jones (Leeds Arts University) discusses the contribution to learning that guest artists, creatives and performers play in helping students to make sense of the creative landscape, and prepare for the real world challenges that they face after graduation.

He also explores how activity delivery has adapted to the age of lockdown.

Read more.
Impact brief: school shutdown

The closure of schools due to Covid-19 has caused unprecedented challenges for everyone involved, from the students themselves, to their teachers and their parents.

In the first of a series of in-depth briefings looking at the impact of the pandemic on social mobility, The Sutton Trust examines the views of both teachers and parents since school closed.

Read more.

Rapid Response Research project to Covid-19

The University of Exeter is conducting research that will inform policy makers about the implications of the current school closure in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.  

The survey is open to parents or guardians, students (aged 16 and older), teachers, and admissions and outreach professionals. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Complete the Impact of Schools Closure Survey.

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