#HallamBigRead19 – New Event Added featuring the Director of the Unite Foundation and Dr Zoe Baker

Dr Zoe Baker and Eluned Parrott will be holding a talk about the factors that can affect higher education access and success at the Collegiate Campus on Wednesday the 5th of February 2020.

The Unite Foundation, that Eluned is the director of, supports young people who are care leavers or estranged from their family to ‘realise their potential at university’.

They do this by providing students with scholarships and a free place at purpose-built Unite Students accommodation for three years of study, and ‘supporting them to succeed while knowing that they have a place to belong at university’.

Since the Bristol-based team started in 2012 they have: 

  • Awarded 434 scholarships 
  • Gained 27 university partners across the UK
  • Helped 130 graduates achieve their dreams 

She also became the first Welsh Liberal Democrat to be elected to the South Wales Central Assembly region in 2011 and sat on the Enterprise and Business Committee and Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee in the Welsh Assembly.

Eluned will be joined by visiting fellow Dr Zoe Baker.

She currently conducts research in the Centre for Development and Research in Education (CDARE) and works as an Academic Skills Advisor at Sheffield Hallam University.

Since 2018, she has been a co-investigator on a research project commissioned by the Unite foundation exploring the factors that affect higher education access, retention and graduate outcomes for care experienced and estranged students.

Prior to this, Zoe has conducted research projects in the areas of widening participation, inequalities in higher education, social justice, and the sociology of education.

Her past research has specifically focussed on how complex structural constraints can restrict access to Higher Education (Baker, 2019a, 2019b, 2019c), and the relationship between institutional cultures and students’ sense of belonging (Baker, 2018).

As a researcher from a background of care herself, she is particularly interested in care experienced students’ journeys into, through and out of higher education.


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An Afternoon with Eluned Parrott & Dr Zoe Baker

Wednesday 5th February 2020

1400 – 1600 (TBC)

Main Hall

99 Herbert Wing 1

Collegiate Cres


S10 2BP

Find all of our other Big Read events including an afternoon with Lemn Sissay MBE and illustrator Chris Sav by searching #HallamBigRead19 in Eventbrite.

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You can also learn more about the Unite Foundation and how they help young people that are estranged from their family and care leavers by visiting: http://www.unitefoundation.co.uk/what-we-do/

And to learn more about Dr Zoe Baker visit: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/dr-zoe-baker-326668122