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Care Leavers Advice

Supporting your move into higher education

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 more significant.

Our aim is to make this process as simple and supportive as possible. We’ll provide a single point of contact who 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 before you start university.

Care leaver contact

Susana Franklyn is the Student Welfare Lead 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, Susana is available to meet with you regularly to check in on how you are doing and your experience so far.

Get in touch with Susana

Care leaver scholarships

In 2021/22, the University will be offering care leaver scholarships to students who have been in care.

The Care Leavers Scholarship consists of:

*The bursary can be received as discounted halls of residence fees, OR cash support for students living in private accommodation. Find out more using the link below.

Important: you must still apply for your Student Loan even if you think you may be entitled to this scholarship.

Student finance

We 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.  


Priority is given to care leavers for entrance into halls of residence in the first year of study. The team has specialist housing advisers who help to find suitable student accommodation in following years. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Support services 

The university is committed to the welfare and development of all its students. Support is always on hand from our outstanding student support teams who offer 1-to-1, confidential advice whenever you need it.


You’ll find a Helpzone on every campus. They’re the first place to visit or contact if you need support with any aspect of student life. Drop in or get in touch.

Francis Close Hall: 01242 714444 ext 1
Oxstalls: 01242 714444 ext 2
Park: 01242 714444 ext 3

More information

The links below to external organisations offer more supporting information for care leavers that you may find useful.

Current students

If you’re a current student and want to find out more, head to MyGlos to find essential info about all aspects of life at the University of Gloucestershire.