Coming to university can be an exciting time, but we understand that it can also be a time of change and many students have concerns or worries. At the University of Liverpool, we are committed to supporting care leavers prior to starting their course, and throughout the duration of studies.

If you decide to come to the University of Liverpool, we can provide a package of support that will help during your time in Liverpool including 365-day accommodation and a range of scholarships and bursaries including the Care Leavers Opportunity Bursary worth £3,000 per year of study (excluding NHS funded courses).

Caroline O’Connell is the University of Liverpool’s named care leaver contact, and she is part of Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (SWAG). During your studies you will be supported by one of our Advisers within SWAG who can assist you with any queries or concerns, they will also act as a link between the University, your Local Authority and any other internal or external services as required.  For further information please contact Caroline at [email protected] or by telephone 0151 794 5863.

In conjunction with the support offered by Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (SWAG), the University of Liverpool’s Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) team would be pleased to hear from care leavers who are interested in the opportunity to come to campus for a bespoke individual visit. During the visit you will receive information and guidance to support transition to university, meet current students (and where possible tutors) from your subject area of interest, and have a tailored campus tour.

The University of Liverpool has well-established tradition of supporting care experienced students into higher education. We are committed to helping care experienced students progress into university and want to ensure students view Liverpool as a realistic option for their studies. To help care experienced students during this particularly challenging time we have introduced a reduced offer of two A-Level grades (or equivalent) on our entry criteria. Any applicant that indicates that they have experience of local authority care within their UCAS application will qualify for the two grade reduction. Please note, this offer does not apply to medical or dentistry applicants.

 If you would like more information about this reduced offer policy, please feel free to get in touch with the Outreach Team at the university – [email protected]

Additionally, if you engage with the WPO team, the University can offer:

Support with transport to enable participation in the University’s Open Days and Applicant Discovery Days on campus
If you go on to study with us at the University of Liverpool, you will also have the opportunity to apply to work as a Student Advocate with the WPO team.

Please contact Ben Toleman for more information: [email protected]

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