Resources & Research


Financial Implications of Covid 19

A second joint survey of students without family support to investigate the financial implications of Covid 19 on this cohort of students over the summer months, with recommendations to Government. The survey closed on 25 May 2020 and received over 4...

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Covid 19 survey

UK-wide survey of higher education students without family support to understand the challenges they are facing during Covid 19

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What Happens Next

Transitioning out of Higher Education: Barriers and challenges for students estranged from their families
This report looks into the barriers for estranged students on transitioning out of HE with recommendations to HEIs, government and employers....

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Family Matters

An exploration of the role and importance of family relationships for students in UK higher education. Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University, 2018

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Impact Report 2016-18

 The Stand Alone Higher Education project started in 2016, including the Stand Alone Pledge which we launched in October 2016. The project is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and this report summarises the achievements of the first...

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Facilitated Peer Support Groups

Find out about the 'Facilitated Peer Support Group' - a model developed by Stand Alone that can be adapted for HE and read the Case Study from Salford University. Additional information on sub-topics are also available from us directly.

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Focus on access and retention: risk for students who are estranged or disowned by their family

Read about the experiences of 584 students defined by Student Loans Company as estranged from their parents. The report includes findings about pre-entry, accommodation, finance, mental health, student support and retention. ...

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New Starts

Read about the similarities and differences between care leavers and estranged students. What characteristics do the group share? What are the differences? 
Stand Alone and the Unite Foundation, 2015

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University of Cambridge: Hidden Voices Student Analysis

Read about the background of estranged students and the reasons that young people break contact with a family and their chances of reconciliation. 2016

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Hidden Voices - Estrangement in Adulthood

As study into the experiences of people affected by a breakdown in relationships with family or a key family member.
University of Cambridge, 2016

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