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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 as a care experienced person, you may have additional questions and concerns so we have a dedicated We Care Team who can provide support to any care experienced young person considering Higher Education. Wendy Price, the We Care Team Manager and her small team can help you throughout your journey from accommodation and finance as well as being a central point of contact for support throughout your studies. They're 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 at care.contact@sunderland.ac.uk.

98.4% of students who received support from the We Care Team* rate our support as good or very good.

*Data from 60 respondents to University of Sunderland We Care Survey 2021.

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 care experienced young people who are considering university. The sites listed below can help you to complete your application, understand student finance and find additional support.

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 information specifically for care experienced young people. Read more about their advice and support for care experienced young people.

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 experienced young people considering university which you can download from their website.

Care Leavers Association
The Care Leavers Association is an ever-growing network of 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
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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Published: 27 May 2022