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Care Leavers: What support we offer, University of Bradford

Care experienced students may encounter some unique challenges in the transition from a sixth form or college to higher education. The University of Bradford offers a personalised package of support available to help you have a full, enriching and enjoyable experience.

It is able to provide one-to-one support throughout the application process, as well as arrange individual visits to campus to see the facilities and meet academics and current students, including those who have previously been in care.

The University has a number of champions within its faculties and professional services teams who are passionate about supporting care experienced students. They can offer support and guidance in the following key areas:

  • Accommodation – the University can support you in securing year-round accommodation if needed.
  • Career and Employability Services – the University has a dedicated advisor who can work with and signpost care experienced students to a range of services and support offered by Career and Employability Services.
  • Counselling provision – the service is open all year round and is available via face-to-face appointment, email and telephone.
  • Financial support – a Care Experienced Students’ Grant of £1,000 a year is available to all students who have previously been in local authority care and have a household income of less than £30,000 per year. Care experienced students also have priority access to the Student Support Fund, which is open to them all year round.
  • Peer mentoring – new students with experience of the care system will have the opportunity to receive one-to-one support from a Peer Mentor who will be a student currently studying at the University or a recent graduate.
  • Your first few weeks at university – care experienced students are invited to join the Step Up to HE programme at the start of the academic year.

Further information about support for care leavers can be found on the University’s website. If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Caroline Priestley

Senior Outreach and Recruitment Officer. University of Bradford

Email: C.Priestley4@bradford.ac.uk

 

I have worked at the University of Bradford for over 10 years. I am the Senior Outreach and Recruitment Officer and with my colleagues in the team we support students with their progression to Higher Education. This includes everything from helping students to make the right choices, supporting with applications, attending events and working with students and staff in schools and colleges. 

As part of my role, I support Care Experienced students, I am here to chat to people about whether university is right for them, offer suggestions about how to access university. I can also offer support during the application process and introduce students to some of our current student ambassadors and alumni who care share their experiences. 

I will also be at university open days, so that I can offer advice when students visit the university and am able to put students in touch with academic colleagues so that they can find out more about courses before they make their final decision. 

Once you become a student at Bradford, we have a range of support available. Sarah Jones is our Student Life Manager and Sarah and her team will support students in lots of different ways. All students have a meeting when they first start at university to answer questions and ensure that support is available as and when needed. We will also be able to help students apply for the Care Experienced Bursary and let them know if there is any other financial support available. We will also make sure that students know about the wide range of Student Support teams that are available during their time at Bradford. 

As part of our Student Ambassador programme, we have students who are from a Care Experienced background, who are very happy to meet students and chat about why they decided to go to university and share their university life. 

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