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Care leavers

The University of West London welcomes applications from students who have been in care or are currently living in care. We offer a wide range of support and guidance to help with specific questions or concerns care leavers may have throughout their time with us.  

Support is available for looked-after children and care leavers who are interested in applying to the University, as well as care leavers currently studying here and those progressing from the University into employment.  

See our Care Leavers Guide brochure (pdf, 1 mb) for more information about our service.

Pre-entry support

  • A designated member of staff (DMS) from the Outreach Team to provide students with pre-entry support
  • Support with the application and admissions process including one-to-one and group information, advice and guidance sessions
  • Finance and funding advice
  • Aspiration and outreach events including bespoke visits, subject specific taster days and guided University Open Days
  • Support for cost of travel to certain University of West London events
  • Support to help you make informed choices.

If you are a care leaver thinking about applying to university or a teacher, support worker, foster parent or guardian wanting to know more, please contact Jenny Tait for advice and support at jenny.tait@uwl.ac.uk.

Support for current students

  • Designated point of contact from the Wellbeing team who act as a first point of contact for any questions about your study, accommodation, finances or university life in general
  • 51-week accommodation for care leavers, which means you can live in university residences during Christmas, Easter and summer breaks
  • Financial support and bursaries. 
  • Placement and careers support
  • Mentoring
  • If you are a current University of West London students who has lived in care, please contact Andrew Mathias for advice and support at andrew.mathias@uwl.ac.uk.

Confidentiality policy

We can only offer specialised support to students who have declared that they are a care leaver.

You can do this by remembering to tick the box on your UCAS application form that lets us know you have been in care.

Ticking the box is completely confidential and won't be used against you.

Ticking the box will mean that our main point of contact for care leavers can contact you and identify if there is any financial or other support we can offer you before you start your course.

If you are a current UWL student who forgot to tick the box on your UCAS application form, please email Andrew Mathias at andrew.mathias@uwl.ac.uk.

Brochure

See our Care Leavers Guide brochure (pdf, 1 mb) for more information about our service.

Jenny Tait
jenny.tait@uwl.ac.uk
020 8231 2915
Outreach Team Leader and DMS for pre-entry support for care leavers
University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF (directions)

Andrew Mathias
andrew.mathias@uwl.ac.uk
020 8231 2335
Accommodation Officer and DMS for support for current UWL students
University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF (directions)