Social mobility is a sign of a healthy and fair society, and a good education is a gateway to opportunity. But for many young people – particularly those who have been in the care system or are otherwise estranged from their parents – university can seem like an impossible dream. Only 6% of care leavers will go to university by the age of 19, compared with 33% of all young people.
The Unite Foundation was established in 2012 to confront this inequality. It was created by Unite Students, the UK’s leading developer and manager of student accommodation. The business remains the majority donor, and Foundation scholars are provided with a home in Unite Students accommodation.
The Unite Foundation provides a free university home for all years of a degree programme. Every Unite Foundation Scholar also receives an annual allowance of £3,000, or £4,000 in London.
Currently, 90 Unite Scholars are studying for their degree at universities across the UK. We are pleased to say our Scholar numbers will significantly increase in the coming years.