LJMU is selected for new national strategy through its commitment to care leavers



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LJMU is part of a landmark support scheme to help raise aspirations and outcomes for care leavers.

The Care Leavers Covenant is part of the government’s new national strategy to support care experienced young people. LJMU has been asked to be an ‘early adopter’ of the Covenant and the university’s offer for care leavers will be included in the new covenant app

Phil Bakstad, LJMU’s dedicated care leaver coordinator and Co-Chair of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers NNECL commented:

“At LJMU our commitment to Care Leavers has long been embedded across all aspects of the student life cycle – we are committed to supporting more care leavers to access and succeed at university.

“Only 6 per cent of care leavers aged 19 to 21 go on to higher education and our John Lennon Imagine Awards offers a bespoke package of support including bursaries and financial support, one-to-one advice and guidance and assistance in navigating the complexities that many young people face when leaving care.

“Our students tell us that this joined up and consistent approach has a real impact – we want to continue to support young people in achieving their aspirations and benefiting from the opportunities a university education can provide.”

Read LJMU’s commitment to the Care Leavers Covenant


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