Supporting Care Experienced Students

'Care Leavers are the most under-represented group in Higher Education’

The University of Liverpool is committed to working with and supporting care experienced students, both prior to entry and throughout their studies at the University.

Tailored support to meet individual needs

Coming to university can be an exciting time, but we understand that it can also be a time of change and many students have concerns or worries. At the University of Liverpool, we are committed to supporting care leavers prior to starting their course, and throughout the duration of studies.

The University of Liverpool’s Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) team would be pleased to hear from care leavers who are interested in the opportunity to come to campus for a bespoke individual visit.  During the visit you will receive information and guidance to support transition to university, meet current students (and where possible tutors) from your subject area of interest, and have a tailored campus tour.

Additionally, if you engage with the WPO team, the University can offer:

  • Support with transport to enable participation in the University’s Open Days and Applicant Discovery Days on campus
  • And, if you receive an offer from the University of Liverpool, the offer will be reduced by up to two A-Level grades or equivalent (excluding Medicine and Foundation programmes).  Please visit the contextual admissions webpages for further details.
  • If you go on to study with us at the University of Liverpool, you will also have the opportunity to apply to work as a Liverpool Advocate with the WPO team.

Please contact Ben Toleman for more information:

Support for current students

For care leavers studying at the University, we provide a package of support including 365-day accommodation for all years of study, support with fees for a guarantor service (if you need to use one for private accomodation), and a range of scholarships and bursaries including the Care Leavers Opportunity Bursary worth £3,000 per year of study (excluding NHS funded courses).

During your studies you will be supported by an advisor in the Wellbeing Advice and Guidance Team who can assist you with any queries or concerns, they will also act as a link between the University, your Local Authority and any other internal or external services as required.  For further information please contact

Member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers