UCL recognises that young people in care may face particular difficulties when coming to university that their peers are less likely to experience. We are committed to supporting care experienced students as they apply to university and offer a range of services once they arrive at UCL.
UCL runs an alternative offer scheme, where eligible students who successfully complete the Access UCL Scheme will receive a reduced offer of up to two grades below the standard UCL offer for the programme they have applied to. Care Leavers who have attended a UK state school are automatically eligible for Access UCL.
Care experienced students are guaranteed 365-day accommodation in UCL halls for their first year and can apply to remain in 365-day accommodation for the remainder of their study if needed.
Care leaver students who come to UCL are able to receive a Care leaver bursary of £1,000 per year as well as the UCL Undergraduate bursary of £2,500 per year (provided care leaver status is approved by Student Finance).
UCL also takes part in the Unite Foundation Scholarship which offers free accommodation to care leaver and estranged students for the duration of their course, meaning they can study, meet new people and plan their career without worrying about the cost of accommodation.
In addition to the UCL Transition Mentor Scheme, which is available to all first year students, care experienced and estranged students can access professional mentoring support. This support is available throughout the student’s time at UCL to support students both emotionally and to overcome any potential barriers that they may face studying at UCL.
UCL’s named contact for care experienced students is Natalie Humphrey (Student Support and Wellbeing - Head of Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing). In her role as named contact Natalie is there to answer questions from care experienced students before and once they are at university, put them in touch with the right services at UCL and make sure they are getting the support they need. You can contact Natalie or through the ask UCL student enquiries system.
UCL’s Care Experienced and Estranged Students’ Guide provides information for UCL students and applicants who are care experienced or estranged from family.
Please note that this guide was correct at time of publishing in December 2018.
UCL’s Access and Widening Participation team, also offers bespoke opportunities for care experienced students, such a student shadowing scheme. See our webpage to see the list of opportunities.
More information about the support available to care experienced students at UCL can be found on our website