The University of Suffolk has launched a new project recognising the important role parents and carers play in supporting students going to university.
The University is looking for parents and carers whose child is either currently at university or has recently graduated to take part in their parent and carer ambassador project.
Dr Jack Massie, Higher Education Parent/Carer Champion at the University of Suffolk, explains, “Parents and carers can be key influencers. We are looking for willing participants who can share what the university experience is like from their perspective with their peers. It’s a paid role, on a casual basis; it will work out to be a commitment of around 20 hours per year so it would work well alongside a current job or perhaps for those who are retired, like grandparents.”
The role is being funded by the Ipswich Opportunity Area and delivered through Take Your Place, a national government-funded project which aims to encourage more students to go to university.
Richard Lister from the Ipswich Opportunity Area said, “This is an exciting and innovative project. It is important to raise aspirations across our community and the experiences of parents and carers are hugely influential in the life choices that young people make.”
Dr Massie added, “We would like to recruit up to 15 parent/carer ambassadors initially; we are especially interested in working with parents and carers across Suffolk, in particular Ipswich, Haverhill and Lowestoft. There aren’t many universities in the country who have a project like this so we are leading the way and hoping it will help bridge the gap that can exist between the university, applicants and parents.”
To find out more about the project and to express your interest in taking part, please visit www.uos.ac.uk/ambassadorapplication
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