The University of Surrey is dedicated to offering proactive and targeted support, information and advice to care experienced students throughout their time at the University.
From 2022 entry, our contextualised admissions scheme will be implemented, and care leavers will be prioritised for this – students will receive a reduction in entry requirements, equivalent to one A-level grade lower. They will also have a dedicated staff member to reach out to offer-holders, an e-mentor and invitations to exclusive events to support transition.
Care experienced students will also be offered a £3,000 bursary with a £500 ‘Moving On’ payment from September 2022, if students meet the eligibility requirements. They can also apply for a £250 access fund for the Surrey Sports Park, as well as a £250 Access to Learning fund to help with purchasing books, IT equipment or anything else to support their learning.
Priority for on campus accommodation is given to care experienced students, with year-round accommodation available on request. Our University of Surrey guarantor scheme is available to care experienced students.
The Student Success Team offers care experienced students an initial point of contact on entry to the University, alongside welcome packs and exam care packages throughout the year. The team also offer regular pastoral support, signposting, advocacy and bespoke goal setting and time management resources.
Care experienced students have access to a dedicated point of contact within the Careers Service, and they are also prioritised in the University of Surrey Employability Award.
Finally, care experienced students can join our Care Leavers’ Network, providing the opportunity to feed back to the university about their experience, as well as a space to support each other and to socialise.
Detailed information for Care Leavers can be found here: Student communities | University of Surrey
Care Leaver Bursary details can be found here: Care Leaver and Estranged Student Bursary | University of Surrey