Support for Care Leavers & Estranged Students at UCLan

UCLan offers a range of support and services to help all students, but especially students who may need a little extra assistance, because they are from care or estranged from their parents. We understand that at different stages of your university life you may need different types of support and advice, or none, depending on your own individual needs, and would tailor the support to suit you.

We have a dedicated Care Leaver Advisor, Hannah Small, who you can contact with any questions you may have, guide you through any aspect of University life, and refer you to the right people where appropriate. We can also make contact with your Social Worker and help with your pathway plan if you request this. If you would like to make an appointment to speak to your UCLan Care Leaver Advisor please email or telephone 01772 892589.

We can also offer support and guidance if you are estranged from your parents or are from a Foyer, please get in touch if you want more information. Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Individuals in this position often have no contact at all with their family. Research shows that forced marriage, LGBTQI+ rejection, and divorce and remarriage are key reasons why young people become estranged or are rejected by their family. Whatever their background, it is undoubted these students are some of the most vulnerable young people in our university communities.

Can I get help applying to University?

If you are applying for University and need impartial help with the admissions process there is a specialist admissions officer, Joanne Afrin-Black, who you can contact. If you have any other questions about University life or applying for Student Finance, you can contact the Care Leaver Advisor.

If you are thinking about coming to an open day / applicant day or other pre-entry event and think you may find it difficult to attend, please contact us to discuss it as we may be able to help.

What support is available whilst I am studying?


UCLan has a range of accommodation options. If you are considering staying in Halls, let the Accommodation office know that you are a Care Leaver and they can discuss options and payment plans with you. Contracts are normally for 42 weeks, including Christmas and Easter vacations, and if accommodation is required during the summer vacation, this can be arranged.


UCLan also recognises that Care Leavers and other vulnerable students may need some additional financial support too, and we offer bursaries to students who meet the criteria worth £1000 per year.

If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please complete the application form. This is in addition to the funding you get from Student Finance England (or other UK funding body), UCLan Financial Bursary support for students from low income households or the Access to Learning Fund.

Student Life / Health and Wellbeing

There are range of other services that can provide support and guidance on a range of areas from academic study / personal life / disability support / health and wellbeing. Information about all of these can be found on the Student Life and Health & Wellbeing sections of the website.

If you would like to contact the Care Leaver Advisor, here are the contact details: Email or Telephone 01772 892589.

Care Leaver Bursary

The Care Leaver Bursary is worth £1000 per year. The Bursary is paid in 4 instalments of £250. The exact payment dates will be notified nearer the time, however the approximate timings are below:

  • End of September (or date of application, whichever is sooner),
  • Beginning of December, 
  • Beginning of March,
  • End of May.

In order to qualify for a Care Leaver Bursary, students would need to meet the following criteria:

  • UK Home student
  • Enrolled on a full-time, undergraduate UCLan program
  • Care Leaver –defined as in care for at least 13 weeks, spanning  your 16th birthday.
  • Under 25 on the first day of the academic year you started your current course of study.

(If you do not qualify as a Care Leaver, but you are estranged from your parents or have been resident in a Foyer, please contact the Care Leaver Advisor as you may be able to apply for support through the Access to Learning Fund.)

If you would like to apply for a Care Leaver Bursary, please complete the online application and provide evidence as requested by clicking on this link below:

Care Leavers Bursary Application Form

NB - Please do not complete the application from a mobile phone.  Please use a PC, MAC or tablet.

UCLan has taken the Stand Alone pledge, to show that we are committed to improving support for estranged students in four key areas, and are 100% behind the student journey, from entry to graduation.
The Stand Alone Pledge aims to change outcomes for estranged students, facilitating the development of better services to support them with their unique struggles.

Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 892583 / Email: