Social Work student Billie-Jo McDowell graduated successfully on 29 June and was delighted to complete her degree with a fantastic working visit to New York to take part in the New York New Belfast – be the bridge conference (12-14 June). Along with SSESW academic Karen Winter and other Queen’s colleagues, Billie-Jo was part of a Queen’s University panel discussion showcasing the University’s success in widening participation for able students facing challenges to progress to university study. At the New York event, Karen and Billie-Jo made a presentation on the work Queen’s does to enhance the participation of care experienced young people in higher education.
Billie-Jo commented on her trip: ‘The New York New Belfast Conference provided an amazing opportunity to display the fantastic work the University and the Widening Participation Unit are doing to engage those from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education and society. It was fantastic to see the interest in our work, both domestically and internationally, and to develop partnerships to help develop this work further. I am excited to see how this conference, and the partnerships made through it, will help to further expand the opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds to engage in education, their communities and society, to promote change and create positive futures for everyone.’
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