We hold the Buttle Trust Quality Mark which demonstrates our commitment to care leavers.
At the University of Gloucestershire we recognise that the transition into higher education is an enormous step for all new students, however for those from a cared-for background this step can be even greater.
Our aim is to make this process as simple and supportive as possible by providing just one point of contact that will co-ordinate a range of support and educational services in alignment with your pathway plan if you have one, and in partnership with your personal adviser if you wish to do so before you enter University.
Care leaver scholarships
In 2017/18 the University will be offering care leaver scholarships to students that have been in case. The Care Leavers Scholarship consists of a 50% fee waiver plus a minimum £1,000 bursary towards general living, accommodation and study costs. This can be received as discounted halls of residence fees or cash support in years 2 and 3 should students move into private accommodation. The bursary amount can be increased to £4,500 per annum which will be determined upon interview and dependent on funding received by the student’s own Local Authority.
Important, you must still apply for your Student Loan application even if you think you may be entitled to this scholarship.
Find out more about loans, bursaries & scholarships here.
The accommodation team ensures that care leavers are a priority group for entrance into Halls of Residence in their first year and the team has specialist housing advisers who help with finding suitable student accommodation in subsequent years.
The university is committed to the welfare and development of all its students. Find out more about the university suppport services here.
The university can help with all money related queries, including the difference between loans, grants and bursaries, student finance applications, access to learning funds, hardship payments and scholarships.
Care leaver contact
Lynn Rushmer is the Student Services Manager and the University of Gloucestershire's named contact for care-leaver support. She will get in touch with you prior to starting your course to help you plan ahead and ensure that any support requirements can be put in place before term starts.
Regardless of your support requirements, Lynn is available to meet with you regularly to check in on how you are doing and your experience so far.
Contact Lynn via email on email@example.com or via telephone on 01242 715374