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Information for care leavers

Welcome - Prospective Students

We are aware that young people in public care and care leavers can face particular challenges in progressing to higher education. For that reason, we have developed a support package especially designed to help you study here.

Undergraduate students relaxing in front of the Portland Building, University Park



What support do we offer?

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 admissions process - This means that you are more likely to get to get an offer and if you do, we may ask for slightly lower grades from you.
  • Additional financial support, The Nottingham Potential Bursary is available to most students who have been living in the care of a local authority for over 3 months. We can also ensure you received all the other grants and bursaries you may be entitled to. You can download our factsheet with a summary of the financial support available to care leavers from the Financial Support Teams web page.
  • Access to 365-day University Accommodation and support in finding the best accommodation for you.
  • A pre-entry meeting 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, this is not to single you out, but to settle you in. You will be invited to Kickstart. A two-day induction event 12th/13th September for mature students and care leavers who have secured a place at Nottingham and are ready to begin studying.
  • Ongoing support throughout your studies from our Care Leavers' Mentor.


How do you access this 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 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 us at any time by email or phone.

 Information for Care Leavers



Outreach Activities to Support Looked After Children and Care Leavers in School

Widening Participation Activities

Looked after Children

We offer activities for looked after children including information sessions, campus visits, mentoring, master classes and summer schools.

Young people in care and care leavers will have priority access to our Ambition programme which aims to support entry to The University of Nottingham, or to her research-intensive universities. Click here for more information about Ambition.

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 training activities for designated teachers, foster carers and other care professionals.


Partnership Projects

The Widening Participation Team works with care experienced young people to raise aspiration of studying at Higher Education. Growing Lives is an on-going project running in collaboration with colleagues at Nottingham Trent University. It offers a range of free outreach activities, providing HE information and experiences for looked-after and care-experienced young people. The opportunities currently offered as part of this project include:

  • Virtual School Day: A bespoke day on request, offering  interactive workshops hosted on-campus, and the opportunity to find out more about the wide range of course choices available, routes into HE, financial support and a chance to speak to current students. Young people will be invited via their Virtual School Head for these events.
  • Care-Professional Training: A training event for professionals on supporting care-experienced young people into higher education. 

Next Event Tuesday 13th June 2017
http://nnecl.org/activities/growing-lives-higher-education-d or sign up via Survey Monkey

  • 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 Ros Purkis or Lucy Judd at NTU for any further information.

We are also a member of the East Midlands Care Leaver Activities  and Student Support Network (EMCLASS). This group of higher education institutions from across the Midlands works together to support and encourage progression of care experienced young people in to and through higher education