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Care-experienced students lacking ‘crucial’ guidance


Ucas report reveals three in five applicants with care backgrounds not given specific help

More than half of care-experienced students receive no guidance related to their specific circumstances when applying to university, research by Ucas has found.

According to a report from the admissions body, published in partnership with the Unite Foundation charity, 60 per cent of students who have spent time in care do not receive any support relevant to their experiences when deciding what to do after they leave school or college, “despite the fact that mechanisms such as financial bursaries, year-round accommodation, and mental health and disability support could make a difference to their decision”.

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