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Support for Care Leavers and Estranged Students

The University can offer:

Kirsty Dorward, Head of Student Experience Projects, is our named contact for care leavers or students who find themselves estranged from their family and will be able to provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation.

Kirsty can also provide a link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

Finance advice to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs.

For general budgeting advice have a look at our Funding and budgeting webpage.  It has a lot of tips and links to free online budget planners

Dennis Turner Hardship Fund

Through the Fund the University is showing its continuing commitment to supporting students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to continue on a course at the University especially during this current crisis. 

You apply every year via your e:Vision.

Evidence required:

  • Care Leaver - some evidence to show that you were in care, preferably from a Social Worker (unless previously supplied)
  • Estranged - 3rd party evidence to show that you are estranged and have no contact with either of your parents (unless previously supplied)

Also required:

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Bank Statement - 1 months recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want any payment to go (the one you put on the application)

For full information on the fund itself, including a step-by-step guide to applying go to

A guaranteed offer of University-allocated accommodation (52 week accommodation is available).

Access to a student mentor and online mentoring support.

Access to all our student support services.

Have a look at our Student Support pages to see what other kinds of support we have on hand or check out the WLV Welcome Topic on Canvas - your virtual Student Handbook

Naresh Patel (FEHW, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing) –

Sabrina Altariva (FABSS, Business, Law and Social, Historical and Political Studies) –

Laura Lander and Lisa Law (FABSS, Art, Performing Art, Humanities) – and

Rita Brandwood (FSE, Faculty of Science and Engineering) –

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