Care experienced learners
We strongly encourage care experienced learners to declare this on their application form so that the DMS can contact you to discuss the support available and answer any questions you may have.
In addition to the support outlined above, the DMS can help with the following:
With your permission the DMS will be able to liaise with you and your Social Worker/Personal Adviser to ensure an easy transition and continuous support throughout your studies.
Learners on further education courses can apply for the Special Support Bursary and the DMS can help with these applications and ensure awards are paid in a way that meets your needs.
Students on higher education courses may be eligible for the care leavers scholarship and are a priority group for the University’s Financial Assistance Fund. The DMS can advise and support learners in making an application for the scholarship or to the Fund.
The University is currently working with the charity Drive Forward as part of a pilot project. Drive Forward works with care experienced learners on a one to one basis to improve their employment opportunities. As the University is part of a pilot project with the charity, the DMS can refer learners directly.
UCA is proud to commit to the Care Leaver Covenant to provide additional support for young people leaving care. The aim of the Care Leaver Covenant is to ensure the following:
> Care leavers are better prepared and supported to live independently.
> Care leavers have improved access to employment, education and training.
> Care leavers experience stability in their lives and feel safe and secure.
> Care leavers have improved access to health and emotional support.
> Care leavers achieve financial stability.
You can read more about our offer to learners here.
Students who are carers
The University recognises that learners who are carers may have commitments outside of University which can impact on their studies. For this reason, learners who are carers are strongly encouraged to contact the DMS on their campus for additional support and liaison with academic staff if required.
Learners who are carers are a priority group for the University’s Discretionary Funds and the DMS can advise and support learners in making an application to the appropriate Fund.
Learners who are estranged from their families
We strongly encourage learners who are estranged from their families to contact the DMS for their campus for any additional support they may need.
The DMS can help learners provide evidence of estrangement for student finance applications and support applications where appropriate.
Estranged learners are a priority group for the University’s Discretionary Funds and the DMS can advise and support students in making an application to the appropriate Fund.