The Care Leavers Promise

If you’re a student coming to us as a care leaver, we’re committed to providing you with all the support you need to enjoy a successful university experience.

Care Leavers Accommodation Award

For the academic year 2020-21, we’re very happy to offer a number of students that have experienced care a place in any of our Halls of Residence, entirely free of charge. If you’re from a care background and are studying an undergraduate degree with us, you’ll be eligible for a fully-funded 52-week contract in whichever of our Halls of Residence you choose to apply for. For eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit our webpages.

Care Leaver/Foyer Award

This non-means tested award of £1,500 per year is intended to help students from a care background with their course and living costs during their studies, whether it’s undergraduate or postgraduate. For more information about this award, visit our webpage or contact our Financial Guidance team by email at or 01604 893299.

If you identify yourself to us as someone that’s experienced care at all stages of university, accommodation and student finance applications, there’s no limit to the amount of support you can access when you start your degree.

It’s important to remember that identifying yourself to us as a care leaver is totally confidential - it won’t affect your application, or make any other difference to your time studying with us. We just want to ensure you receive the best possible university experience.

Visit the care leavers pages of our website for more information.

You can also contact our designated member of support staff for care leavers, Nicky West:

Email or call 01604 892833.