Queen’s University Belfast are committed to widening access for care experienced learners.  Our Widening Participation Unit delivers an outreach programme to develop the literacy, numeracy and emotional literacy skills of children aged 8-12 who are living in care through weekly online sessions with a Queen’s Student Mentor.  The Widening Participation Unit (WPU) also offer priority places to care experienced learners on outreach programmes that span the length of a learner’s post primary school journey.  To ensure the best support is provided as early as possible for those who have experience of care WPU work closely with Health and Social Care Trusts and voluntary agencies.

If you are care experienced and considering higher education, Queen’s University offer pre-entry advice and tours. 

Once you are a student of the University you can also avail of additional support including;

  • 1:1 support meeting with the named contacts for care experienced students and ongoing support from these staff members throughout your journey at Queen’s
  • A bursary of £1000 per year for eligible students*
  • Guaranteed Student Accommodation for 365 days a year
  • Additional support through SUQCESS (Supporting Queen’s Care Experienced Students) that can provide financial assistance for items related to your studies
  • Regular newsletter to inform of opportunities
  • Signposting and help to access the various support services across the University
  • Seasonal opportunities to meet with other care experienced students

If you would like further information, please email [email protected] .  You can also find out more about the support offered on our care experienced students website

*Please also visit the website for bursary eligibility criteria.

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