Spotlight On: Developing strong student networks for all: Lessons from care experienced and estranged students journeys in higher education

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Blog Posts that aim to highlight good practice and support from colleagues at Hallam.

Today: Developing strong student networks for all: Lessons from care experienced and estranged students journeys in higher education

 

Nathaniel Pickering, Senior Lecturer, Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation and Research and
Alan Donnelly, Researcher
Student Engagement, Evaluation & Research (STEER) Student Experience, Teaching & Learning – SETL

In 2019 STEER undertook a sector wide research project on behalf of the Unite Foundation that looked at the barriers and challenges faced by students with a background in care or family estrangement in accessing, progressing, and succeeding in Higher Education. This research was also the basis of a paper that examined the impact of the Hidden Curriculum on these student groups. The paper also sought to offer solutions to the challenges faced by these students through the development of strong and inclusive networks. However, the findings of this research are highly applicable to all students especially as we try to build strong and inclusive online communities.

In this session participants were presented with a summary of the key findings from our research and the proposed actions from “A manifesto to reduce the pedagogic impact of the hidden curriculum” The Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (page 89) which allowed participants to reflect on their own curriculum and how they might embed strong and inclusive student networks within it.

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