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Being an estranged young person or care leaver shouldn’t mean being left behind but, through the Unite Foundation scholarship, more young people are being united with their futures through going to university.

  • Location: Remote
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The Unite Foundation is an independent registered charity offering a unique accommodation scholarship, providing a home for care leavers and estranged young people at university. Having somewhere of your own to call home matters.

The scholarship covers accommodation and bills for up to three years of study. A hassle-free home at university means students are empowered to focus fully on their university experience, maximise the opportunities available to them during their studies and realise their full potential.

We provide wrap around support to all students on the scholarship throughout their studies as well as plenty of opportunities for employment and enjoyment!

We have recently launched This is Us; the community identity for Unite Foundation scholars and all estranged and care experienced students built on the notion of equality. The creation of this identity along with the handover of the Unite Foundation’s communications channels puts the scholarship students in control of their own narrative, with the charity’s support.

We work with 27 universities across England and Scotland and with colleagues and friends at Unite Students; the charity’s accommodation partner and principal corporate donor. So far, over 500 care leavers and estranged young people have gone to university on our scholarship.

But there is potential to do so much more; the demand for our scholarship exceeds the support we are able to provide with four applicants for each place we have; as well as having 20+ universities on our waiting list.

Our primary goal is to be able to increase the number of scholarships we can provide as they deliver such a tangible difference to the lives of scholars. We would like to be able to capture more data and insight to enable us to further demonstrate the impact of our scholarship and to affect change for all estranged and care experienced students at a policy level.

Who we are looking for

As a Trustee you will be joining a successful charity with a high-performing Board that has recently recruited a new Executive Director, built sustainable governance and financial models and is now looking to grow its capacity and services.

We would benefit from people with expertise in communications & marketing, influencing policy, organisational growth and legal services.

Our scholarship population is overly representative in all areas where the mainstream student population is under-representative; including disability, mental health, class, race, ethnicity, faith, gender and sexuality. Currently the rich and diverse nature of our student population is not reflected in our Board.

We welcome interest from people who have lived experience of care or estrangement and would actively encourage people who have never held Trustee roles to apply.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners: 

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 |  bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th April 2021

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A welcome from the Chair, Shân Wareing

Thank you for your interest in joining the Trustee Board of the Unite Foundation. It is an exciting time for the Foundation, and as we enter our 10th year, we want to strengthen our Board further to help shape and deliver our future strategy.

We are proud of our work and the difference it makes to young people who are care experienced or estranged from their families. The Board have worked hard over the last year to put in place the building blocks to support our ambitions for what the Foundation can achieve; a governance review by NCVO last year has now concluded, and we have recently recruited a new Director. We are at a pivotal moment in agreeing the future vision for the Foundation. In light of Covid-19, the Board took the tough decision not to have an intake of scholars for the 2021/22 academic year to give the team and the Board time to consolidate our work and agree our approach going forward.

As we move forward, we want to strengthen our Board at this important time and ensure we have a more diverse and representative team to oversee our future changes with confidence. We must ensure our Board reflects a range of skills and experience and we are looking for people who can bring a broad range of perspectives to our work. In addition to this recruitment effort, we are also working directly with our scholars, graduates and students who are care experienced or estranged from their families, to bring their voices onto the Board as Trustees to ensure young people are directly involved in decision making.

To ensure we have a diverse and inclusive Board with different skills and perspectives, we especially welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and individuals who have lived experience as care leavers or are estranged from their families as these characteristics are under-represented on the Board.

If you share our vision and believe you have the skills, experience, and qualities we are seeking, I very much hope you will be interested in joining us and being part of our exciting future to drive the work forward of the Unite Foundation. I look forward to seeing what we will achieve together in the future.

Shân Wareing

About The Unite Foundation

The Unite Foundation delivers a unique university accommodation scholarship for care leavers and estranged students across the UK.

Unite Foundation are an independent charity offering a unique accommodation scholarship for care leavers and estranged young people at university. The scholarship takes care of students’ accommodation and bills, covering up to three full years of study. The Foundation works with 27 universities across England and Scotland, and the team works closely with colleagues and friends at Unite Students: the charity’s accommodation partner and principal corporate donor.

Since 2012 Unite Foundation has awarded 514 scholarships, and 185 Unite Foundation graduates are pursuing their dreams! Since its existence over 500 estranged and care experienced young people have gone to university of the Unite Foundation Scholarship.

The Unite Foundation Scholarship

Having somewhere of your own to call home matters. With Unite Foundation scholarship, students have accommodation and bills covered for up to three years of study, which includes holidays too, so students never have to wonder where they will be during reading weeks or over the Christmas or summer breaks. Scholars can also stay in their student home for the summer after they graduate.

The Unite Foundation team helps students to settle in, keeps in touch throughout their studies and offers plenty of opportunities for employment and enjoyment.

The student community

Our students come from all over the UK and many of them will be studying in the same cities, universities or living in the same student accommodation. We have created a social network that makes meeting other scholars easy. There are also plenty of paid opportunities for scholars to get involved in our social media, marketing, and other events.

Our Podcast

Our fortnightly podcast has been created by and for our care experienced and estranged students for everybody. This podcast is packed with music and meaning. Listen to the latest episode here.

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 |  bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

    Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th April 2021
    Shortlisting: 11:30am, Monday 19th April 2021
    Interviews: 9am-1pm, Tuesday 27th and Friday 30th April 2021

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