Unite Foundation

Trustees and Patron

Sir Tim Wilson

Sir Tim Wilson

Chair and Former Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

“I have witnessed and experienced the role that parents have in supporting
undergraduates - sometimes invisible, but importantly there at critical times.
That's why the Unite Foundation is so important - providing support for
students without that support, when they need it.”

Jenny Shaw

Jenny Shaw

Head of Student Services and Insight, Unite Students

“Throughout my career in higher education, I have championed access to university for disadvantaged students. I’m proud to be involved with the Unite Foundation which works at a national level, providing vital support to our talented Foundation scholars.”

Becca Bland

Becca Bland

Founder and Chief Executive, Stand Alone

“At Stand Alone, we work with policy makers and influencers in higher education to raise awareness and secure support for students who are estranged from their family. Key to my work is improving access to university, and the Foundation is playing an important role in opening up opportunities for estranged students.”

Darren Ellis

Darren Ellis

Higher Education Engagement Director, Unite Students

“The Foundation could not exist without strong partnerships with universities. We work together to provide scholars with seamless support before, during and after their time at university.”

Harvey Gallagher

Harvey Gallagher

Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers

“The young people in care and care-leavers I have worked with over many years, have told me how daunting it can be to even think about moving on to higher education. The support offered by The Unite Foundation really is a lifeline for those young people who, with the right help and support, can achieve great things through university”.

Joe Lister

Joe Lister

Chief Financial Officer, Unite Students

“The Foundation is hugely important to Unite Students, and it is why we remain its largest supporter. We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and we know that our scholarships are opening up university for those without family support. We’re proud of every one of their achievements.”

Nik Miller

Nik Miller

Director, The Bridge Group

“The Bridge Group is an important voice in support of social mobility, influencing government, business, schools and universities. Fairer access is why we exist, and the Unite Foundation is helping to further social mobility in the support it gives to young people estranged from family or leaving care.”

Shân Wareing

Shân Wareing

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) & Chief Operating Officer, London South Bank University

"This is a chance to promote greater awareness within higher education providers and at national policy level of the needs of the students the Foundation works with, so the potential for social good reaches even beyond the individual students who benefit from the Unite Foundation."

Andrea Dlaska

Andrea Dlaska

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Innovation, Middlesex University

"Starting university life can be challenging, especially if you cannot turn to family to help you settle in. The Unite Foundation supports scholarship students throughout their studies and provides a sense of community and belonging which is so important to students’ experience of higher education and success in their studies and beyond university."

Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway

Patron

"Supporting access to education is supporting fairness, and will generate a real return on investment in the form of young lives transformed. The Unite Foundation is part of changing the ways young people get the help they need. I'm proud to be patron of the Unite Foundation and hope everything you see here will convince you to support it."