Lemn Sissay, poet and playwright

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:41:00 BST

Lemn Sissay, poet and playwright... 

...talks about the difficulties facing today's looked-after young people.  Lemn Sissay, spent his teenage years from the age of 11 to 17 in residential care, has become an ambassador for the rights of young people in the care system.  In 2010, the University of Huddersfield created a PhD scholarship which was designed to provide an opportunity for a care leaver to progress beyond undergraduate study based on the recognition that while they might enter the university system, getting further was more difficult.  The scholarship was named The Lemn Sissay PhD Scholarship with the kind permission of the poet and it is the only scholarship in the country designed specifically to offer a care leaver the opportunity to be supported by a university whilst they undertake a PhD.


Click here to view Lemn Sissay speaking to new graduates when he chaired two of the Graduation Ceremonies at the University of Huddersfield.


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