Estranged students in post-compulsory education: A sense of strangeness in widening participation

A Postgraduate Forum Event

15 April 2019 (10.00am-4.00pm)
University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, Room 319

This event is for those interested in learning more about the experiences of students who are estranged from their families. The event aims to raise awareness and encourage informed action regarding the experiences of estranged students in higher education. The place of estranged students as a relatively new category of widening access students will be highlighted.

  • Dr Lucy Blake, Lecturer in children, young people and families in the faculty of health and social care at Edge Hill University. Her research explores the breakdown of family relationships in adulthood.
  • Dr Rachel Spacey, Research fellow at the University of Lincoln’s Higher Education Research Institute. Rachel’s research focuses on higher education and widening participation. She has used participatory research to explore the experiences of estranged students.
  • Prof Yvette Taylor & Dr Cristina Costa, University of Strathclyde and University of the West of England. Will present their Carnegie Trust, and Society for Research into Higher Education funded research: “The experiences of estranged students beyond entry point”
  • Amie Key, PhD Candidate at Durham University. Amy will present her dissertation research about the experiences of students who are estranged from their families.
  • Sidonie Ecochard, PhD Candidate at University of Strathclyde. Sidonie will present on her work in the field of estrangement in higher education

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Event Programme






Dr Lucy Blake (Edge Hill University) Title TBC


Amie Key (Durham University, PhD student): Title TBC


Prof Yvette Taylor & Dr Cristina Costa (University of Strathclyde; University of the West of England): “The experiences of estranged students beyond entry point”


Lunch break (lunch provided)


Sidonie Ecochard (University of Strathclyde, PhD student): Title TBC


Dr Rachel Spacey (University of Lincoln): Title TBC


Tea and Coffee break


Panel discussions and closing remarks.