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Learn about our work with looked-after children and care leavers

If you've spent time in care, we can offer you extra support before, during and after your studies. Financial support, personal tutoring and a guaranteed place in halls are just a few of the ways that we can help you.

We're committed to supporting care leavers so we've signed up to the Department for Education's Care Leaver Covenant - an initiative to improve support to young people aged 16-25 leaving care.

Financial support

We can give you extra support with your application and throughout your time here if you're a care leaver. If you're eligible, you'll get:

  • a Care Leaver Bursary of £1,700 per year that you don't need to pay back
  • a personal support finance advisor, who'll guide you pre-entry and while you're at university


As a care leaver, you're guaranteed a place in our halls of residence for 3 years and for the full 52-week year, should you need it. Find out more about our accommodation offer.

Other benefits

In addition to the above, our Care Leaver Covenant offers:

What our students say

I would encourage other care leavers to consider university as an option. There’s no need to be worried about any stigma. Staff across the University are friendly, experienced and knowledgeable – and everything you tell them is confidential.

The support I receive means that I can focus on my studies – it has made everything a lot easier. The additional money I get from the Care Leavers Bursary means that I won’t go without, so I can continue with my studies. As a care leaver, I would say that the help is definitely there if you want to go to university – finances shouldn’t be an obstacle. The support I have received has been great.

One of my biggest worries was not having money in place if there was an emergency. The Care Leavers Bursary enabled me to buy a laptop and study materials, and I was also able to attend a compulsory field trip to Barcelona. I worked during my first and second year, but in my third year I used the bursary to live on, so I could concentrate on my studies. It meant that I didn't miss out or feel vulnerable. Without it I would be worried about money and would certainly have to work more hours.