Lancaster Success Programme wins a national Student Social Mobility Award

3 people standing next to each other, middle person holding an award © Deimante Aelksandraviciute and Ziggy Johannsen.
Lee Robertson (Head of Strategy, upReach), Kate Dunbavan (Interim Head of Social Mobility and Student Success, Lancaster University) and Kate Usher (Student Success Officer, Lancaster University)

A Lancaster University programme that supports students from ‘widening participation’ backgrounds and helps them to thrive during their studies, has been recognised by a prestigious national award.

Kate Dunbavan and Kate Usher, from the Student Success team, accepted the ‘Student Success Initiative of the Year 2022’ Student Social Mobility award on behalf of The Lancaster Success Programme.

Organised by the charity upReach, the Student Social Mobility Awards celebrate undergraduates, sixth formers, teachers, mentors, employers and universities who champion social mobility and enable others to succeed.

Held in The House of Lords on Thursday 21st July, this is the first year the awards have expanded the award to universities.

The Lancaster Success Programme was commended by the panel for its coaching-led approach. The judging panel comprises students plus ten leading individuals from the fields of academia, education, and business.

The Lancaster Success Programme supports undergraduate students to thrive at Lancaster through 1:1 coaching led personal development, action learning sets and access to an Enrichment Fund to support their studies (in partnership with the Library and Alumni).

Over the last three years, more than 1300 1:1s have taken place with students online and in-person supporting them with academic studies, setting goals, wellbeing and making new connections.

Kate Dunbavan, Interim Head of Social Mobility and Student Success, said: “We’ve always believed in the positive impact that the Lancaster Success Programme has on our students, but to receive this award recognising the efforts of our fantastic team is very special.”

Find out more about the Student Social Mobility Awards here.

Back to News