Care leavers support package

Making the decision to study at university can be a big step for anybody and, at times, can feel overwhelming. The University of Chester want to make this transition as smooth as possible and believes that care leavers deserve a little extra support to make their time at university as enjoyable as it can be. With this in mind, the University have a dedicated support package for care leavers which includes the following:

  • Help to secure 365-day accommodation for the duration of your course 
  • Easy access to financial help and guidance, including the University’s Bursary Scheme and the Financial Assistance Fund 
  • A link member of staff who can act as a link between the University, you, and your Local Authority 
  • Providing help to access the various services offered by the University and key members of staff within certain departments 
  • Access to support from the Careers and Employability team alongside support to apply for the Chester Employability Fund 
  • A peer mentor to help with any pre-arrival queries that you may have
  • A link member of staff to talk to if there is any personal, financial or academic issue you have concerns about

The University defines the following as eligibility criteria for the care leaver support package:

“A young person who has been in care for at least 3 months prior to their 18th birthday. Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family.”

Any care leaver who is wanting to study at the University of Chester is strongly advised to tick the box to identify themselves on their UCAS application. This allows the University to get in touch with students to discuss support that can be offered to them.

Becca Hughes is a link member of staff within the University of Chester for care leavers. She can help to answer any queries you have regarding support at the University, including the bursary package. Additionally, she can arrange a meeting with you and your local authority adviser to discuss any questions you may have prior to your studies. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with Becca then please email r.hughes@chester.ac.uk.