We welcome applications from care-experienced students at the University of Sussex. We offer a range of support that aims to make your transition to higher education as smooth as possible, as well as offering stability while you're studying with us.
Pre-entry, you’ll have access to a named contact (Melinda Finn) for support, who you can contact with any questions you have. It’s reassuring to know you’ll receive special consideration by admissions staff on results day, just in case things don’t go as planned.
For 2020 entry, you’ll receive a Care Leaver Award of £500 per year, plus an additional £500 in your first term to help with the new costs of being a student. And you can order a bedding pack free of charge if you need one. You’ll have the option to remain in University-managed accommodation for the duration of your course (52 weeks per year, each year of study).
During your time at Sussex you’ll have access to support via your dedicated Care Leaver Adviser in the Student Life Centre, who you’ll meet when you start at Sussex. And you’ll be able to access advice and tailored opportunities via your Care Leaver Careers Consultant, such as summer internships.
You'll have priority for applying for paid student work as a co-creator, working with the University on various projects around the student experience. If you find yourself in financial hardship during your time at Sussex, you’ll have priority if you apply for the University’s hardship fund.