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Higher Education Aspirations and Journeys for young people who need extra support

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​This event has unfortunately been cancelled. For further information please contact Dr Carmen Lau Clayton.​

  • ​​​Do you work with young people or young parents who have ambitions to go into Higher Education?
  • Do you know about the new Higher Education pathways available and the range of support that young people can access from Student Finance and/or the bespoke support packages that are offered by different universities?
  • Are you aware of the difficulties and challenges that some young people and young parents may face when thinking about, or actually returning, to post-compulsory education?
  • Would you like to make better links with Higher Educational establishments in your work with young people and young parents?

Join us for the 'Higher Education Aspirations and Journeys for young people who need extra support​' event on campus Friday 9 November!

What's happening?

There are many myths surrounding Higher Education, university fees and the support that is available for young people, particularly for those who have left school early with little or no qualifications, and for young parents with childcare responsibilities. Such perceptions can then negatively impact upon an individual's decision to re-enter education, despite the many benefits it can potentially bring. 

Based on the findings from a funded study conducted by Leeds Trinity University and the Coram Family and Childcare organisation (formerly the Family and Childcare Trust), with input from Go Higher West Yorkshire, this event aims to address some of the misunderstandings around access to Higher Education and the types of support available for young people, by providing up to date information on Higher Education pathways, changes in Student Finance and how universities can offer bespoke support packages for particular groups of vulnerable young people, such as young parents.

At the same time, we will share findings from a recently completed project, titled 'Young Fatherhood: Higher Education Aspirations, Successes and Challenges" (2018), to illustrate the difficulties and challenges that some young parents may face when considering post-compulsory education or whilst they are an actual student, and the important role that universities and practitioners can jointly play here.

Though the findings of the study are based on young fathers' accounts, the cross-cutting nature of the issues raised are applicable to other groups of young people also (e.g. concerns about university fees and anxieties about 'belonging' at a university).  As such, this informative and free event will be of interest to various practitioners who support young people or young parents specifically, and their future aspirations, particularly when it is educationally focused.

If you are interested in attending the event and know of any young people or young parents who are intrigued by Higher Education, please feel free to register their details also. As we have arranged for a campus tour of Leeds Trinity University at the end of the day's proceedings, with an opportunity to speak to some of the student ambassadors for those who wish to find out more about university life!


9.15 – 9.30am Registration and refreshments
9.30 – 10.30am Introduction and findings from 'Young Fatherhood: Higher Education Aspirations, Successes and Challenges'
10.30 – 11.30am Go Higher West Yorkshire (new HE pathways, application information, updates on Student Finance and the bespoke support packages available from HE institutions)
11.30 – 11.45am What Leeds Trinity University support packages are available for students from vulnerable backgrounds and those with childcare responsibilities
11.45am – 12.00pm Q&A's and launch of Higher Education information leaflet
12.00pm Event closes and refreshments
12.00 – 1.00pm Campus tour and an opportunity to speak to student ambassadors for those who are interested in Higher Education and university life.


LC1-52 (Andrew Kean Learning Centre)
Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD


9.15am – 12.00pm
Friday 9 November 2018


Free of charge (refreshments also available)

How to register?

To register for the event, please contact Christopher Hulme by Friday 2 November latest. 

Further information?

For any questions or queries about the above event, please contact event organiser Dr Carmen Lau Clayton.