The First in Family Network was established in November 2020, led by the Head of Department Professor Jennifer Hudson who is (tied) first in her family to go to University.
Following the release of research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies in August 2020 which stated "first generation university students need more guidance navigating education system” and “young people who are the first in their family to go to university are less likely to attend an elite institution and are more likely to drop out than those with graduate parents”, it was clear that change needed to take place and further support was required for our students. You can read more about the study here.
The purpose of this network is to therefore promote a more welcoming and inclusive environment for students and staff in the Political Science Department who are the first in their family to attend university.
Our first event was held on 1st December 2020 (virtually) and we will continue to run these networking sessions across each academic year. The events aim to create a space for our students to discuss their experiences, hear from peers in similar positions, network with colleagues, and identify ways in which we as a Department can better support our firsts through subsequent events or peer to peer mentoring.