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What support is offered to care experienced students?

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Here at the University of Sunderland, we aim to make sure that anyone leaving care has the same full, immersive and enjoyable time studying at university as any other student.

We also understand that you may have different circumstances or concerns if you are leaving care. Here at the University of Sunderland we have a dedicated Looked After Young People and Care Leavers contact, Wendy Price, who provides support to any care experienced young person considering Higher Education. Wendy works with a small team who are here to help you throughout your journey from accommodation, finance and additional support you may be eligible for, as well as being a central point of contact for support throughout your studies. We are happy to accompany you to university events, open days, applicant days, interviews and graduation providing you with support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

You can contact Wendy and the We Care Team on 0191 515 2216 or by email care.contact@sunderland.ac.uk

Over 97% of students who received support from the We Care Team* rated our support as good or very good.

*Data from 36 respondents to University of Sunderland We Care Survey 2019

If you are applying from Scotland, the Scottish Government has committed to providing young people with experience of the care system, a guaranteed place at university along with a bursary, for those who fulfil the minimum entry requirements.

There is lots of useful information available for looked after young people or care leavers who are considering university. The sites listed below can help you to complete your application, understand student finance and find additional support.

UCAS
www.UCAS.co.uk  
All applications to study at University in the UK have to go through UCAS. You can search all of the courses available, watch videos on how to apply and access their information specifically for Care Leavers.

Watch their video for Care Leavers and find out about the support on offer.

Become
www.becomecharity.org.uk
Become is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. They provide lots of information and have created some guides for Care Leavers considering university which you can download from their website.

Care Leavers Association
www.careleavers.com
The Care Leavers Association is an ever-growing network or Care leavers, run by care leavers for care leavers. They provide a national network of care leavers and support and have gathered some very useful information about considering university.

Student Finance
www.gov.uk/student-finance
This government website outlines the student finance available to you. Once you have applied for a university course through UCAS you can apply for your student finance online.

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