The decision to attend university is a big one for anyone – more so if you don’t have family support. If you’re in or leaving care, our dedicated team will help you decide whether higher education – and UCLan – is right for you and your future.
Talk to our dedicated Care Leaver Advisor, Geraldine Dickinson, who specialises in Care Leaver Support. She’ll be happy to arrange a one-to-one appointment with you to talk through the support we offer. Geraldine, with the support of our Wellbeing team, will guide you through every aspect of University life, and refer you to the right people where appropriate. She can also make contact with your Social Worker and help with your pathway plan if you request this. You can contact Geraldine by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01772 893020 with any questions you may have.
We can also offer support and guidance if you are estranged from your parents, in particular we can help you with your application to Student Finance England if you are finding it difficult to prove your estrangement. Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network, if you think this describes your situation, but you are not sure, please contact us and we can arrange a confidential appointment.
If you are under 25 and have been in the care of the Local Authority, you could be entitled to financial support from the University as a Care Leaver.
UCLan recognises that you may need some additional financial support, therefore we offer bursaries to students who meet the criteria worth £1000 per year. This is in addition to the funding 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. Applications for the Care Leavers Bursary Application are made online and applicants must provide evidence as requested.
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:
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 <i> Student Information and Support Centre for financial support, your bursary will be paid as lump sum as soon as your application is finalised.
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:
Applications for 2019/20 will be available soon
The Careers team offer Specialist Careers Support appointments which are designed to ensure that should you wish to discuss your career options in the context of your life circumstances, you can do so in a safe and supportive environment.
For final year students that have accessed support from the Care Leaver Bursary, the Careers team offer £100 as a ‘one off’ payment which can help support your progress to the next stage, be that work or further training, by funding a new interview outfit, travel costs for interviews or other work-related expenses.
In order to access this payment, you would need to book an appointment to see one of our Careers Advisers. During the appointment, there will be the opportunity to discuss your plans and ideas and see if there is anything additional Careers can help with, such as: looking for jobs or further study options, application forms, interview tips, volunteering or travel options, all of which can be discussed to offer reassurance about the future.
In addition to financial and careers support, students who declare they are Care Leavers to Student Services are supported in a number of ways, for example:
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.