Stand Alone Pledge Awards 2020

This year the Pledge Awards recognised the overall institutional support for estranged students during Covid 19 and the personal commitment of individual staff members and teams. The awards were presented during ESS Week at our awards celebration on ...

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Student Voice in Scottish Parliament: 18 September 2019

Estranged students in HE: Finding a sense of home
Stand Alone held a Student Voice event at Scottish Parliament on 18 September 2019. The event was hosted by Gillian Martin MSP.  Speakers and a panel of four current estranged studen...

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Gathering Data and Measuring Outcomes: 18 June 2019

Measuring and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of interventions for estranged students is difficult without any national data sets available.
But there are ways to gather and use quantitative data and qualitative measures to ident...

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Stand Alone conference Wales: 07 May 2019

Developing support for estranged students in higher education in Wales, Cardiff University
Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Young people in this position often have no contact at al...

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The Stand Alone Pledge - celebrating 2 years: 08 November 2018

On 19 October 2016 we officially launched the Stand Alone Pledge for higher education institutions. Some of you may remember the conference we held to mark that day.
Two years on the Pledge has made a significant difference to support fo...

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Supporting Estranged Students in Scotland: 09 July 2018

Five HE Providers in Scotland have currently taken the Stand Alone Pledge to develop their support provision for estranged students: 3 universities and 2 FE colleges. This conference heard from these institutions about how they work to supp...

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Engaging Estranged Students: 06 March 2018

Reaching estranged students and involving them in university life is key to a positive and successful higher education experience. A number of universities that have taken the Stand Alone Pledge will talk about ways to overcome the challenges of enga...

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Action on Accommodation: 17 November 2017

Finding reliable accommodation while studying at higher education is high on estranged students' list of priorities. Many students who do not have support from a family network find themselves in difficult living situations and may be at risk of home...

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Stand Alone / HELOA CPD: 23 October 2017

This joint Stand Alone / HELOA  Professional Development Conference on 'Supporting Estranged Students into Higher Education' is aimed at practitioners in admissions and outreach.
Stand Alone will give an outline of who estranged students are ...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing: 05 May 2017

31 delegates from 18 different universities and organisations attended the Stand Alone training conference  hosted and chaired by the University of Wolverhampton.
The morning focused on research. Stand Alone discussed elements of our research...

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