The Helena Kennedy Foundation was established to take forward the recommendations of the committee of enquiry “Learning Works: widening participation in Further Education” published by Baroness Helena Kennedy in 1997. Since then the Foundation has made a direct, significant and personal impact upon the lives of many disadvantaged students, inspiring many of them to “put something back” by making an active contribution to society. The Foundation is an independent social action charity funded solely through voluntary donations. They encourage disadvantaged students to study for a university degree, get a job and make their mark in the world providing them with access, support, mentoring and skills training programmes alongside internships, work shadowing opportunities and financial bursaries.
Their students have overcome multiple barriers to continue with their education and face extremely difficult financial and personal circumstances. All the Foundation’s students experience severe financial hardship as well as social and cultural disadvantage, combined with difficult personal circumstances. The Foundation’s students typically include students labelled as failures by the schools system, those lacking parental and family support, Care leavers and students in transition, emotionally and geographically.
ASET is proud to sponsor two badged bursaries through the Foundation; our sponsored students must enrol on a degree at an ASET member institution that includes a placement as an integral part of their programme. We are very proud to be associated with the Foundation and its marvellous students.
These awards first began in 2010 and were rebranded as the NUE Awards in 2014, they are now a recognised benchmark of success across all organisations, universities and students in the undergraduate employability market. The awards are an opportunity to shine a spotlight onto an important and often overlooked aspect of Higher Education, and ASET are pleased to stand alongside sector and industry leaders including AGR, AGCAS, PwC and The Guardian as supporters.
On your behalf, ASET are proud sponsors of the Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience award. This award was created to give you the opportunity to recognise someone in your team (maybe yourself?) who always puts in that extra something for their students. You can nominate each year – between September and early November, and look forward to seeing one of your ASET colleagues up on the stage at the Awards ceremony in February.