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Awards for in-care youngsters who aspired to University

Tuesday 9 October 2018

INSPIRATIONAL achievements of dozens of young people who have been in care are being celebrated in Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards takes place at the Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday 18th October in the presence of GM Mayor Andy Burnham and poet Jackie Kay, Chancellor of the University of Salford.

The awards evening is organised by the University of Salford in partnership with the other GM universities, the Care Leavers Association, GMCA, Catch 22, UCAS  and the Greater Manchester Youth Network.

Awards are made for young people’s achievements in FE, HE, activism, apprenticeships, sport, creativity, family and more.


The awards recognise that many care leavers achieve success despite experiencing very difficult circumstances during their lives, and help to bring a significantly under represented group into the university environment. The event also hears from current care leavers who are students at university.

The Care Leavers Association chair of trustees Dr Jim Goddard said:  “The awards challenge preconceptions that many people hold about care leavers and celebrate great achievements in many areas of life. To see so many care leavers who have achieved so much is one of the most uplifting experiences one can have."

Closer working between agencies via Greater Manchester Higher meant that in 2015/16, as many as 232 young people were engaged with activities to encourage them to go to university. This has also helped universities and colleges find out much earlier which students have applied to them, ensuring support is put in place sooner to enable students to succeed.

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