At St Mary’s University we recognise the need to support students who have previously been in the care of their local authority. We are proud to have won the Outstanding Support for Students’ trophy at the Times Higher Education Awards, for the St Mary’s Cares package of support. This was awarded at the eighteenth annual THE Awards in November 2022, with judges recognising the University’s ‘sincere and well‑considered approach’ to supporting the complex needs of its students.

We have a dedicated member of staff in the Student Funding Service who is the designated point of contact for all care leavers and care experienced students, who can act as an additional support system and liaison between anyone who requires their assistance and the other areas of the university before, during and after someone registers as a student at St Mary’s.

A range of support is provided for care leavers, care experienced and estranged students at St Mary’s. Depending on your eligibility, this can include the award-winning St Mary’s Cares Bursary, the Emergency Summer Fund, Graduation Package (including guest tickets, gown hire and photos), and more. Find out more from our Student Funding Service: Student Funding Service

For more information at any stage, you can contact us and request an appointment - please email [email protected] and we will set up a suitable time. Alternatively, you can phone 020 8240 4386. We are also listed on Propel, the website that acts as a guide to all care experienced students considering higher education: Propel- St Marys University Twickenham

For information on outreach activities for care experienced young people, you can contact our Outreach Manager Nancy Bentley via [email protected]

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