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GCU teams up with Unite for care-experienced student accommodation scholarships

23 May 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is supporting its care-experienced students through a new partnership with the Unite Foundation’s Scholarship Scheme.

The Unite Foundation is offering up to 70 scholarships for new undergraduate students for 2017/18 to allow them free housing in Unite Students’ purpose built student accommodation buildings, which are located across Glasgow, or within the University’s student halls of residence.

Current provision for free accommodation is limited to two years; to be able to offer Unite Foundation Scholarships for three years of their degree would provide GCU’s more vulnerable students with more stability and security throughout their studies.

The closing date for this year’s applications is May 31.

Helen Arber, Manager of the Unite Foundation said: “Too few young people estranged from their families or leaving care realise their full potential at university. We want to change that. A Unite Foundation Scholarship means a rent-free university home for three years of degree studies. It also brings other benefits, such as work placements and activities that support successful study and future careers.”

Each year, GCU is assisting more students from care-experienced backgrounds to enter University.

As part of the University’s mission to promote the Common Good, GCU works with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families.

GCU’s School Connect programme works closely with 4,000 pupils in 12 partner schools located in areas of multiple deprivation, engaging youngsters at key educational stages. 

The activities are designed to break down barriers to higher education and provide pupils with access to undergraduate student mentors.

GCU’s School Connect team has actively engaged with experienced young people, working with partner organisations and helping care experienced students apply, make the transition to GCU and make the most of their studies once here.  Since 2015, the University has been a ‘Corporate Parent’ following the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, requiring the University to collaborate with other organisations to promote the wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers in their care and enable them to achieve the best outcomes.   

To apply for the scholarship, please contact School Connect Manager Rachel Hyslop on Rachel.Hyslop@gcu.ac.uk or visit the Unite Foundation website.