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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

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

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


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

Jenny Tait
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
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)

Upcoming events

HELOA London: HE Awareness Day for Care Leavers and Looked after Children - Wednesday 25 October 2017

Year 10 to Year 13 and FE Students

HELOA London Group is proud to host the fifth annual HE Awareness Day for students from a care background and their carers. Social workers and Virtual Heads are also encouraged to attend with the young people they work with to learn more about what universities in London offer their students.

Hosted by London Metropolitan University, the event will provide students with a taste of university and the opportunity to speak to Widening Participation Staff, Recruitment staff and care experienced students from a range of London universities.

The event is free of charge and HELOA London can reimburse part or whole travel costs for students up to a limit. (Please get in touch via the email address below before booking travel tickets to confirm this).

Please note that any adults should accompany at least one student, and either book a group ticket or book on behalf of students if they are unable to do this themselves. If you are unable to bring a student but would like to attend please contact us.

For more information please contact or book tickets online.


09.30: Registration

10.00: Icebreakers & Welcome

10.15: Ambassador introductions & Why go to University?

10.45: How to Apply to University & Support for Care Leavers

11.15: Break

11.30: Which Course? Which Uni? - This session aims to provide you with the right tools to decide which course to study and which university to go to.

11.30: Support staff and carers session - TBC

12.15: Lunch 

12.45: Explore London Met: Campus Tour 

13.15: Care experienced Student Ambassador round robin - This session will provide you with an opportunity to speak to current university students who are care leavers.

13.15: University Staff Q&A - This session provides an opportunity for adults supporting looked after children and care leavers to find out about how they can support students interested in applying to university.

14.00: Financial Support and How to Budget

14.30: Taster Lecture: Experience a real university lecture!

15.00: How Much Have You Learned? (Interactive quiz)

15.15: Evaluations

15.30: Thank you & Close


The Christmas Day Dinner Richmond Upon Thames

25 December 2017, for 18 - 25 year olds

Last year Lemn Sissay and a group of volunteers decided to organise a large Christmas celebration in Hackney which had performers, hair stylists, lots of Christmas food, presents and more. This year an awesome team in Richmond are putting on The Christmas Day Dinner Richmond Upon Thames for the first time. If you would like to come along keep your eyes peeled here for more information!