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The following resources are designed for LEAPS Link Teachers and school guidance colleagues.

LEAPS hold a biennial LEAPS Teachers' Conference. Unfortunately, the conference that was planned for May 2020 was cancelled due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19.

While we weren’t able to put the entire event online, we are pleased to put together some of the resources and presentations that we had planned for the event and you can find these below. We hope it is interesting and helpful for you.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to speak about these topics further please feel free to contact your LEAPS Link, or alternatively email us at leaps@ed.ac.uk – we’re always happy to hear from you!

Hello from LEAPS

A short welcome message from our Assistant Director, Alison Train.

 

 

Welcome to our new Link Teachers

A short welcome message to our new Link Teachers from our Assistant Director, Alison Train.

 

 

Writing a UCAS Academic Reference

Ali Clark, Head of Student Recruitment (Stirling University), and Chair of HELOA Scotland, shares her notes on how a UCAS Academic Reference is used, and the dos and don’ts of writing one.

Find Ali’s UCAS Academic Reference guidance here.

Supporting Young Carers

In this recording (clip length 15 minutes 28 seconds) you can find out how LEAPS, colleges and universities can support students who are Young Carers and who are considering and applying to higher education.

LEAPS named contact for Young Carers, Jenny Edwards, outlines why LEAPS are working to support Young Carers (00:50), how LEAPS define a Young Carer (03:44), the support available at LEAPS (06:15), support available at colleges and universities (09:25), and useful resources (13:46).

 

 

If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the Supporting Young Carers presentation slides and presenter notes here.

In the presentation Jenny makes reference to the following resources, which you may find useful:

Carers Trust (2013) – Young Adult Carers at College and University

The Carers Trust Scotland are currently conducting research into the experience of Young Carers who are applying to, and progressing onto higher education.

Please do share this survey with your Young Carers so that their experiences can be heard within this research: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2D8VDDY

And you may also like to complete this corresponding survey for teachers supporting Young Carers: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JJRP523 

These surveys will be open until late July 2020. The report will be shared in October 2020. If you have any questions about this research, you are welcome to contact Hannah Martin at The Carers Trust on hmartin@carers.org 

Scottish Government (2017) – Young Carers: Review of Research and Data 

LEAPS Young Carers Blog 

LEAPS List of Young Carers Contacts at College and University

Supporting Estranged Students

In this recording (clip length 15 minutes 14 seconds) you can find out more about issues and strategies for support for estranged students, and hear how LEAPS, and colleges and universities are able to support estranged students considering and applying to higher education.

LEAPS named contact for estranged students, Richard Kerr, discusses the context of estrangement within LEAPS work (00:57), the definition/s of estrangement (01:30), the impact of estrangement on HE participation (04:12), how LEAPS can support estranged pupils (05:48), HEI support for estranged pupils (07:15), other sources of support including UCAS and SAAS (09:25), how Link Teachers can support estranged students applying to HE (12:28), and where to find out more information about estrangement (13:28).

 

 

If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the Supporting Estranged Students presentation slides and presenter notes here.

In the presentation Richard makes reference to the following resources, which you may find useful:

University of Strathclyde - Estranged Students : (Widening) Participation Postcards

Taylor, Y and Costa, C (2019) - Estranged students in Higher and Future Education (intital report).

Taylor, Y et al (2019) - Estranged students, illustrating the issues.

Student Wellbeing

In this recording (clip length 8 minutes and 51 seconds) you can find out about the student wellbeing and mental health services available at college and university.

Laura Kwiatkowski from LEAPS speaks about the context and increased focus on student mental health and wellbeing in Higher Education in Scotland (01:39), support services which are often available at colleges and universities (03:36), where students can find these services (05:16), what information is available to students on the LEAPS Blog (06:40), and other useful resources (07:25).

 

 

If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the Student Wellbeing presentation slides and presenter notes here.

Admissions updates

Given the challenges and changes to university admissions caused by Covid-19, we have not requested official updates from our university partners as we would at a usual LEAPS Teachers' Conference. But please keep in mind that we, and our admissions partners, are available and happy to answer questions you and your students have! Even if we don’t have all the information right away.

We recently put together a video introducing our colleagues from our local university partners, for our LEAPS students. You can also ‘meet the team’ in the video here (clip length 4 minutes and 6 seconds):

 

 

We have also put together a list of contacts at the 19 Scottish universities and local colleges in our University and Local College Contacts Information Sheet.

Get in touch!

The LEAPS team are always happy to hear from you. If you want to speak further about the content here, or anything else, do contact your LEAPS Link or pop us an email on leaps@ed.ac.uk

We hope to speak to, and see you soon!