Award scheme launched for students

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North-east students in Higher and Further Education who have experience of being looked after or in care will be recognised through a new awards scheme to celebrate their achievements.

The Care Experience Students Awards has been launched by Robert Gordon University (RGU), North East Scotland College (Nescol) and the University of Aberdeen.

The awards have been set up to highlight each organisation’s responsibility as Corporate Parents to share best practice and work together to benefit care experienced students.

Each institution will highlight a student who has had experience of being looked after at an awards event planned during National Care Leaver Week in October.

As well as academic achievement, the awards will also celebrate student engagement with their place of study and their journey to overcome adversity.

Local authorities Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, as well as voluntary organisation Who Cares Scotland?, support the award as part of a regional strategy to meet the national ambition for care experienced young people.

They also act as corporate parents and work closely with the educational institutions to provide a joined-up service.

Charley Buchan, wider access project officer at RGU, said: “The Care Experienced Student Awards are part of wider efforts in the north-east to ensure that all corporate parents work in a coordinated manner to ensure that care experienced individuals are aware of the support available to them.

“These awards recognise student achievements as well as allowing others to see what is possible with support.”

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