We are committed to supporting care leavers, estranged students and carers to succeed during their time at the University. Our dedicated UWE Cares Team is there to offer guidance and support from application all the way to graduation.
UWE Cares film
This film by Rediat Abayneh, a UWE Bristol graduate and care leaver, explains how the UWE Cares scheme supports students.
What is UWE Cares?
The UWE Cares package of support provides support to care leavers, estranged students and carers.
A team of dedicated advisers will support you through the transition from applicant to UWE Bristol student, helping to make this time a little less daunting.
This support continues while you study and all the way through to graduation.
We are at the end of the phone or contactable by email and can answer any questions – we can coordinate support with other services across the university and signpost you to the right place to get the help you need.
We will contact you regularly throughout your course to see how you are getting on.
Financial support we offer
The financial support that we can provide includes:
- £2,000 non-repayable bursary paid to you in your first year at the University and £1,000 in your second and third year (eligibility criteria apply)
- access to Money Advisers for specialist funding advice (face to face or over the phone) and support with funding applications
- regular financial health checks to help you to budget and manage your money
- Graduation Bursary of £500 to help launch your graduate life.
Our accommodation guarantee
We also make an accommodation guarantee:
- priority allocation to UWE Bristol accommodation for the whole of your course, not just your first year
- we will pay your accommodation deposit, if required (conditions apply, please contact us for more information)
- a guarantee of accommodation for 365 days, not just term time.
Care leavers and estranged students will have the chance to apply for the Unite Foundation Scholarship to cover the cost of their accommodation.
Other things covered by the UWE Cares package of support
The UWE Cares package of support also includes:
- a dedicated UWE Cares Society ran by the Students Union, so you can meet other students like you
- a Get Set for UWE Bristol event to meet staff and fellow students in August before your course starts
- a welcome event during Welcome Week to get all the info you need to start your course, and the chance to meet other students in your situation
- the chance to become a paid Student Ambassador
- if needed, we will pay for your specific learning difficulties tests and you will have a dedicated Disability Adviser
- access to one-to-one Peer Assisted Learning sessions and dedicated library staff to help with study skills
- if you are a carer, you will be able to negotiate extensions to course work and changes to your timetable
- dedicated careers advice.
UWE Cares definitions
You will qualify (whatever your age is now), if you have:
- been in care for three months between the ages of 11 to 16 and/or
- lived in supported housing from the ages of 16 to 18
- not returned to live with your parents since.
Please note: you can identify your care leaver status by ticking the ‘time spent in care’ box on your UCAS application form.
We will consider you to be estranged if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive parents or your only living parent for a significant period of time and this will not change.
A significant period of time is usually considered 12 months or longer prior to the start of your course, but this can also depend on your circumstances.
You must be under the age of 25 on the first day of your course.
We will consider you to be a carer qualify if you provide regular and significant daily care to a disabled or ill family member. It’s expected that you will be living at the same address as the person to whom you provide care at the date of your UCAS application. However, you can still qualify for this bursary even if you move away from home to study at UWE Bristol.
The person that you provide care for must receive one of the following benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit that includes a disability premium as part of the assessment
- Disability Living Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Tax Credits that include a disability element.
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss your eligibility.