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The first ever Scottish-wide survey of care-experienced students is underway, aimed at improving understanding of their experiences at college and university.

SFC has commissioned the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to conduct the survey, which can be accessed online, until Friday 14 December.

Care-experienced students are encouraged to share their experiences about being a student. The findings will help inform SFC and others about the views of current care-experienced students in relation to their engagement with study, their social and emotional wellbeing, and the support they receive.

Dr Graham Connelly, who is leading the research in CELCIS, said:

“We’re delighted that the SFC is supporting this research. Hearing directly from students about what helps and what hinders them in further and higher education is crucial in supporting colleges and universities to do more of what works, and to make sure every student has equity of access, regardless of their background.”

Fiona Burns, Assistant Director of SFC’s Access and Outcomes team said:

“The results of this survey will help people better understand care experienced students’ engagement with college and university education in Scotland – and more importantly, tell us how we can improve the work we do alongside these institutions and organisations like Who Cares? Scotland to improve outcomes for care experienced students.”