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Care leavers

Care leavers

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Welcome - prospective students

Deciding to go to university is a big step. At UoN we want your university experience to be a positive one. If you are care experienced we would like to offer you extra support from the time of your application through to the completion of your studies. The support we offer is optional and you can decide how much you need at any stage and be assured that you will be treated with confidentiality and sensitivity, as we recognise that you may wish to leave the ‘care’ label behind. We are fully committed to welcoming those with care experience into Higher Education and would encourage you to contact us at the earliest opportunity.


What you need to know

Support offered

Pre entry support

It is most important that you tick the 'in care' box on your UCAS application to inform us that you have been in care for 3 months or more. We will confirm your eligibility, but do not need full details of your circumstances.

Once you have been offered a place with us, we will write to you offering you a Pre- Entry meeting at the university to ensure that you have the relevant support.

All aspects of the support package are optional and you are welcome to take up the whole package or any part of it which may be useful to you. It includes:

  • Special consideration in the admission process
You may be more likely to get an offer and we may ask for lower grades from you too
Additional financial support
You could get the Nottingham Potential Bursary which is available to most students living in care of a local authority for over 3 months. Download
our factsheet of financial support
available to you
Access to 365-day University Accommodation
You can get access to 365 day University accomodation and support in finding the best accomodation available for you
Pre-entry meeting
You can meet with a representative of our Financial Support Team, to explain the financial support available to you.

Should you wish to meet our Care Leavers Mentor or someone from the Department in which you will be studying, we can make the arrangements.

The University will reimburse you for the cost of travelling to the meeting
Additional welcome activities
When you arrive in September, you will be invited to Kickstart, a two-day induction event for mature students and care leavers. This is not to single you out, but to help you settle in. 
Ongoing support
Ongoing support is available throught your studies from our Care Leavers' Mentor
Raising aspiration for young people in care

We offer activities for care experienced young people including information sessions, campus visits, mentoring, master classes and summer schools.

Post-16 Outreach Programmes

Young people in care and care leavers will have priority access to a range of Post-16 outreach programmes. We are currently developing a new programme to be launched in academic year 2020-21 for Year 12 students, offering taster sessions, insights to university study and support through the UCAS process. Recruitment to Pathways to Law and Pathways to Medicine takes place in the autumn term and the University of Nottingham will be recruiting a cohort of students to Realising Opportunities for the first time in autumn 2020.

Year 12 students also have the opportunity to apply to a residential Summer School at the University of Nottingham, which will give a fantastic insight to different courses, develop skills, gets lots of valuable information about applying to university and make lots of new friends and contacts.

To find out more about these programmes and how to apply, contact the Care Experienced Support Team who can put you in touch with the relevant programme lead. 

Care Professionals

We welcome enquiries from carers, support workers or personal advisers who may be helping young people to make their transition to university. We run an annual training day for designated teachers, foster carers and other care professionals.  Contact the Care experienced support team by email or phone on 0115 8466733.

One-to-One Tours and Personalised Support:

Available on request for looked-after or care-experienced young people between the ages of 16 and 21, where one-to-one support would be more suitable. Please contact our Care experienced support team by email or phone on 0115 8466733.



Accessing support

If you told us on your UCAS application form that you have been in care for at least three months, we will confirm your eligibility and then ask for no further information about your circumstances.

If you receive an offer of a place to study at The University of Nottingham, we will write to you to let you know about the support available to you as a student here and how to access it. However, you don't need to wait for this letter. You can contact the Care experienced support team by email or phone on 0115 8466733.

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