Support for care leavers

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.


What we offer

  • As a care leaver you may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries or Distinction Scholarship either of which takes the form of a cash payment paid in two instalments.  Please check our Scholarships page for further information on this and our other scholarships/bursaries.  We also offer support to students registered through the Foyer Federation.
  • You can also apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for a bursary of £500 in year 1, £750 in subsequent years, £1000 in your final year plus £250 graduation costs.
  • Finance advice to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs.
  • 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.
  • A link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

The University is delighted to be a founder member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) which aims to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.