Invitation to attend Care Experienced Symposium 

Do you work with care-experienced young people in West Yorkshire? Then you may be interested in attending a regional Care Experienced Symposium.  

The free event will discuss how to improve the student experience for care-experienced individuals in Higher Education (HE). It will look at how to improve access to HE; success in study; and progression onto graduate level employment or further study for care-experienced individuals.  

The Symposium will be held at Leeds City College, Printworks Campus on Tuesday, 20 February from 9.30am to 2.30pm. A free lunch will be provided, thanks to funding from Leeds Virtual School.  

It is being jointly organised by Leeds Trinity University; Child Friendly Leeds; and Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY).  

The speakers will share their latest research and evidence to get attendees to think about access, success, and progression. The confirmed speakers are Dr Zoe Baker (University of York); Matthew Gordon (Care Leaver Covenant); Chris Hoyle (University of Leeds); and Dr Neil Harrison (University of Exeter). 

Staff from GHWY will be present to provide information on our various resources, which have been developed to help with access, success, and progression. These include our collaborative Care Leaver Covenant; free e-learning for HE and Further Education staff on understanding and supporting care-experienced students; and the Disabled Students Transition Pack, given the intersectionality between care experience and disability. 

One of the co-organisers, Andi Brierley (Head of Access, Participation at Leeds Trinity University), has lived experience of being in care and prison. This background has inspired him to try and help reduce the number of care-experienced people that end up in prison. 

If you and/or a colleague would like to attend the Care Experienced Symposium, please RSVP to Andi Brierley at