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 one A-Level grade or equivalent (excluding programmes within the School of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Science)
  • 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 Student Advocate with the WPO team.

Please contact Ben Toleman for more information: btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk

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Support for current students

If you decide to come to the University of Liverpool, we can provide a package of support that will help during your time in Liverpool including 365-day accommodation and a range of scholarships and bursariesincluding the Care Leavers Opportunity Bursary worth £3,000 per year of study (excluding NHS funded courses).

Caroline O’Connell is the University of Liverpool’s named care leaver contact, and she is part of Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (SWAG).  During your studies you will be supported by one of our Advisers within SWAG 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 Caroline at money@liverpool.ac.uk or by telephone 0151 794 5863.

Member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers