Vulnerable Students Stakeholders Group

The Vulnerable Students Stakeholders Group (VSSG) advises and supports the operational delivery of specialist support to vulnerable students.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • To highlight issues and analyse data regarding the application processing of Grants for Dependants (GFD) and support to other vulnerable groups requiring specialist support at key points in the annual application cycle in order to:
    • bring external expertise and experience to bear in identifying and resolving issues
    • raise concerns and challenge processes
    • support SLC through joining-up communications to students and any other appropriate actions to help achieve the smooth delivery of support to these individuals
  • To provide specialist input into Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • To provide input into any proposed changes and improvements to the services to vulnerable students so the service can gain the expert advice and input of stakeholders regarding the design of changes and improvements.


National Union of Students - Chair

David Malcolm



Kevin Grindley


National Association of Student Money Advisers

Lynne Condell


AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation

Mandi Barron/
Sam Dale/John Bloomfield


The Foyer Federation

Andrea Taylor


Mark Taylor

Welsh Government

Meinir Collyer


Stand Alone

Becca Bland

The Care Leavers' Association

Carrie Wilson

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

Arron Pile


Department for Education



Student Loans Company



Meeting dates

The Vulnerable Students Stakeholders Group meets three to four times a year, depending on key consultation and information points within the service cycle.

Key outputs from the previous meeting

15th November 2017
The group reviewed the operational processing position of 2016/17 and 2017/18 Student Finance England and Student Finance Wales Grants for Dependants (Adult Dependants Grant, Parental Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant). They discussed that it would be helpful to enhance the information currently available online around dependants' grants calculations, specifically, adding further eligibility calculation information for Childcare grant, to help reduce the volume of students applying for CCG who were not eligible.

The group discussed how changes implemented to SLC's Independents Team, in terms of adopting a case worker approach, could benefit the Grants for Dependants' area. They agreed to consider migrant workers as an area of future focus for the Vulnerable Students Stakeholder Group.