The national award, which was granted at 'exemplary' level,
is issued to higher and further educational institutions which demonstrate a
commitment to the support of students in and leaving care.
Quality Mark was first awarded to LSBU in 2010 and the renewal recognises
LSBU's ongoing support for its care leaver students, which includes a guarantee
of year-round accommodation, a travel grant and bursary, and a mentor.
know that care leavers who get to university work extremely hard to do so,"
explains Mark Ellis, LSBU's Widening Participation Manager.
do however need extra support with finance, transitioning to university living
and additional mentoring to help them succeed and make the most of their higher
has a large number of care leavers and I am pleased that the university's
dedication to care leavers is acknowledged by this nationally-recognised award.
Buttle UK Quality Mark promotes LSBU as a place that welcomes care leavers and
empowers them to reach their full potential."
Quality Mark was introduced to address the progression rate of one of the most
under-represented groups in education and help overcome the various challenges facing them.
Statistics indicate that only 7% of care leavers are at
university by age 19, compared to 38% of young people in the general