- We have dedicated information for Care Leavers on our University website. We aim to continue to develop our online provision to ensure that we provide more comprehensive and accessible information about the practical support and opportunities available to Care Leavers both pre-entry and on course including key university contact details and student case studies. We also have a Care Leavers’ information leaflet available at Open Days.
- We have a named contact for Care Leavers in our Student Support Services Department for all pre-entry enquiries.
- Our NTU Outreach Team offers 1:1 or small group visits to the University for Care Leavers including campus tours, personalized application support, general advice and guidance and signposting to other general outreach opportunities.
- The University offers a range of pre-entry interventions / activities for pre and post 16 students to provide them with a valuable insight into the University experience. Care-experienced students are a priority group for all NTU Outreach intervention including the NTU Work Experience Scheme, NTU Progression Scheme, Experience Days and the Pathways to Law Scheme.
- All Care Leavers have a pre-entry contact from a student support adviser from Student Support Services covering areas such as preparation for University, independent living and accommodation at University. We also offer a one-to-one appointment with a Student Finance Adviser to discuss student finance / money matters and provide pre-entry financial capability resources and advice.
- NTU works with teachers and care professionals to promote awareness of the prioritisation of care-experienced students in all NTU Outreach interventions.
- We are currently looking to initiate targeted activities / support for care-leavers as part of our NTU Welcome.
- Care Leavers have a dedicated student support adviser in their Academic School and will be invited to meet with them on a termly basis. Their Adviser can support them with liaison with other University services and their Local Authority care team and facilitate referrals to specialist support if appropriate.
- Care Leavers will be offered a Money Advice /budgeting appointment with a Student Finance Adviser during Term 1 of Year 1 and referred to our online financial capability online modules and tools.
- Care Leavers will receive targeted, timely, communications on course advising them of the support services and opportunities available to them including information about Student Support Services, health and wellbeing information, volunteering opportunities, ‘Student Mentor’ and ‘Students in Classrooms’ work experience opportunities.
- In collaboration with NTU Students Union, we intend to establish Care Leaver evaluation and feedback groups to help shape our service development for Care Leavers.
- We offer a Care Leaver Bursary for full-time undergraduate students (£1000 per year for 2020/21 entrants -terms and conditions apply) for each year of their course. Care Leavers may also be eligible for our NTU Bursary (£750 per year – terms and conditions apply). There are also some individual competitive Scholarships offered to full-time undergraduate students that Care Leavers may be eligible to apply for.
- Care Leavers are a target group for our Summer Vacation Hardship Fund.
- The University offers University Residence accommodation throughout the summer vacation for Care Leavers and also allows Care Leavers to return to University halls of residence in their second and final year.
- Awareness raising of the support needs of Care Leavers / Care Experienced students will be part of Student Support Services training for Residents Advisers and Wardens.
- We can also underwrite deposits for University halls of residence for Care Leavers / Care Experienced students who do not have the means to pay their deposit until they receive their student finance funding.
- We are currently reviewing our accommodation welcome support for Care Leavers in halls of residence.
Care Leavers are a target group of NTU Employability’s Rise Initiative which supports specific widening participation students to achieve their potential and have fair access to opportunities to improve rates of retention, attainment, placement uptake and graduate outcomes. This includes a range of support as follows:
- Rise Work Experience Fund to support students to take unpaid work experience (max 4 weeks);
- Rise Progression Fund to support interview and assessment costs for final year students
- Rise Sandwich placement Bursary to support student on their sandwich placement
- A 2-day Placement Support Programme for second year undergraduate students to boost students’ confidence and resilience in seeking and securing placement opportunities
- Dedicated communications to Rise students to ensure they maximise their engagement with the opportunities and support available to them.
Care Leavers also have dedicated specialist contacts within the Employability Team and are encouraged to access central Employability services including drop-ins with a Career Consultant, Employability events and Job Fairs, employability workshops.
Care Leavers are actively encouraged to sign up to NTU’s Future You Scheme in their final year enabling them to receive targeted job alerts, invitations to events, and coaching from the ‘Future You’ graduate team.
The University provides a range of paid opportunities for its current students to gain valuable work experience whilst at University including: Student Ambassadors who support University events, Residence Advisors based in Hall and Student Mentors based in Academic Schools. There are also a number of voluntary opportunities including acting as a Course Representative and a Mental Health Champion.
The University also offers the NTU Graduate Development Programme exclusively for NTU graduates. These 13-month job roles (£23,000 a year commencing in the summer) are based in the University professional services departments and provide tailored developmental opportunities to help our graduates gain the skills and experience.
NTU is currently looking into the possibility of providing mentoring for Care Leavers who are part of the NTU Graduate Development Programme and will continue to review the ‘Employment offer’ area of the covenant.