Strathclyde Cares is our range of support and activities specifically for those from looked-after backgrounds. We are committed to encouraging more applications and supporting our care leavers from application stage through their degree and beyond. We are happy to provide tours of the university and subject departments, and our Care Adviser, Debbie Duncan, can talk you through the application process. The University of Strathclyde will make a guaranteed offer when meeting minimum entry requirements to those who have spent time in care, to recognise the additional barriers you might have faced during your education. We will keep in touch throughout the application cycle to ensure you receive support and information on your journey and will support you during your transition to Strathclyde, As a student with us, you can receive year-round accommodation, you will be guaranteed an interview to become a student ambassador, and you will be matched with a mentor – a friendly member of staff who will support and advise you throughout your time with us. We can also help with graduation costs when you are ready for the next stage of your career.

Support we offer:

  • Named Care Experience Adviser offering pre and post application support
  • Guaranteed offer when meeting minimum entry requirements
  • Support from a member of staff through our one-to-one mentoring programme
  • Opportunity to become a paid student ambassador
  • Care Experienced Student Society offering peer support and social activities
  • Opportunity to join Strathclyde Cares committee to be involved in decision making alongside University staff
  • Priority for UK and international residential trips funded by the University
  • Financial support with graduation costs

Accommodation we offer:

  • A place to live all year round (with the deposit waived)
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year
  • Accommodation scholarship opportunities through our partnership with the Unite Foundation

Financial support we offer:

  • Financial advice and support
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants
  • Priority for the University’s discretionary fund

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