As part of our outreach programme, we encourage care leavers to attend our events and we provide a travel bursary to Open and Applicant days. We have also launched a new online Outreach hub where students can interact with student ambassadors, access new academic content and hone their study skills. If you would like to know more about the activities we run for care leavers please email [email protected].
Oxford Brookes are committed to supporting care experienced students and offer a wide-ranging support package from access to graduation including:
- A contextual offer (reduction in grade requirements)
- A bursary of £2,000
- A named contact
- Academic support
- Health and wellbeing services including student advice and counselling
- Guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence for 52 weeks
All applicants who disclose they are a care leaver on their UCAS application form will be contacted in the summer months to discuss their support needs and their eligibility for the transition from care bursary. A named contact will support and signpost care experienced students to other support available throughout their time at Oxford Brookes.
We have launched a new strategy to increase our support for care experienced students. Working with the Oxfordshire Virtual School, we will deliver a 3 year sustained outreach programme for children in care from Year 9-11. We will provide a named contact for all care experienced students who receive an offer from Oxford Brookes, who will proactively support them from transition through to graduation. Students will be offered the opportunity to have a peer mentor before they start and there will be a range of support during induction. The Centre for Academic Development will provide a ‘study strategy meeting' to help students plan for the demands of Semester 1 and will provide ongoing support throughout their course. Students will also have a named Careers Consultant to highlight central careers provision as well as offering ongoing support throughout their student journey, including bespoke/tailored sessions.
We will continue to financially support care leavers through our Transition from Care Bursary as well as additional support including an accommodation deposit waiver, a bedding and kitchen pack, and a graduation pack.
For full details of the support available please read the strategy. If you would like further information please contact Claire Cooke [email protected].