Centre for Widening Access and Participation

Bursaries for Looked After and Care Experienced Young People

Ulster University provides advice and support for young people who have been looked after by their local authority in foster or residential care to encourage them to apply to the University.

If you are leaving care, or have previously spent time in care for three months or more, and are thinking of applying to the University, there are a range of services that we can offer you. For example, we may be able to provide financial support, year-round accommodation, and advice and guidance from our dedicated Student Support Outreach Adviser.

Those full-time undergraduates who meet this criteria are eligible for £1,000 care leavers' bursary per year whilst studying at Ulster University.

When applying to Ulster University through UCAS, it is important to make sure you tick the box which asks if you have been in care. This will enable us to contact you at the application stage, and give you more information about the support we can provide. To read more about the UCAS Tick the Box campaign, go to https://www.fostering.net/policy-and-campaigns/campaigns/tick-the-box#.VhwdAkaD4dU

If your application is not made through UCAS, make sure you contact our Student Support Outreach Adviser, who will guide you through other application processes.

Support we offer:
  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help if required
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • Web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation
Accommodation we offer:
  • A place to live all year round if required
Funding support we offer:
  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Financial advice

The following document provides further guidance in relation to 'Pathways to Further and Higher Education for Looked After and Care Experienced Young People'

Ulster University was the first FE and HE provider in NI to achieve the Buttle UK Quality Mark in August 2009. For further specific support, contact our Student Support Outreach Adviser:

Mr. Paul Cassidy
Telephone: +44 28 71675233
E-mail: p.cassidy@ulster.ac.uk