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Care leavers

The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as a young person who has been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks including at the time of their 16th birthday.

We’re committed to providing support to young people in the care of a local authority who aspire to go to university. As part of this commitment, we offer practical advice and support on how to apply and, once you're enrolled on a course, we will give you every assistance to achieve your degree. This support also extends to young people with a background in other forms of care, who have been privately fostered or are estranged from their families.

Before joining us, we offer care leavers:

Pre-entry advice and guidance

  • Support with the application and admissions process. For general information on the application process, please consult our main Admissions pages.
  • Invitations to special events
  • A named contact at the University

After joining us, we offer care leavers:

On-course support

  • A pre-sessional induction event
  • Year-round campus accommodation, if required, for the normal duration of your course (at the current rate)
  • The opportunity in Year 1 to participate in our Widening Participation Summer Internship scheme and in Year 2 our Widening Participation Professional Mentoring programmes which link students with a business mentor
  • Named contacts who will help to iron out problems

Financial Support

Care leavers may be eligible for a Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) Bursary of £1,000 pa for up to 3 years, in addition to any other financial entitlement, if they are under 25 and meet the definition of care leaver above.

Care leavers are also a priority category for various types of scholarships, provided they meet other eligibility criteria. See our fees and funding page for more information.