Participants are required for the following study:

The experiences of ‘estranged students’ beyond entry point

“Estranged students” can be defined as a group of young adults who have unstable, minimal or no contact with either of their biological parents and/or their wider family networks. In the context of Scotland, estrangement status of HE students was only recognised in 2016 through initiatives supported by the charities Stand Alone and ButtleUK. To date, three Scottish universities have policy in place to support this group, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the University of West Scotland. Yet, very little is known about how these policies impact on the practices and lives of students. This research aims to start developing new understandings in this regard.

Who we are:

This research project conducted by Professor Yvette (University of Strathclyde), Dr Cristina Costa (University of West of England),  Ms Claire Goodfellow ( and Ms Sidonie Ecochard (

We are currently recruiting:

  • Higher Education students studying at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow who are not in contact with their biological or adoptive family

How to participate in the study:

  • You can contact Ms Claire Goodfellow to schedule an interview with us (see above her contact)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Research conducted by the University of Strathclyde, School of Education, and funded by the Carnegie Trust and The Society for Research Into Higher Education

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee