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UWE Cares

UWE Bristol actively welcomes applications from care leavers, estranged students and carers.

We understand that going to university is harder if you have little or no family support, so our UWE Cares package of support is there to help. We’re committed to providing you with extra support to help you succeed on your course – from application to graduation.

Drop us an email at if you have questions about anything to do with coming to university. We’re here to help and support you.

How can UWE Cares help me?

We can help you in a number of ways, including offering pastoral and social support:

Academic and pastoral support

We’ll support you with:

  • a designated point of contact for queries and concerns, from application all the way through to graduation
  • weekly drop-ins – a chance to talk through any problems you may have and identify areas where you need support
  • coordinated support to help access academic help, employment services, the University's libraries, student support services and the Money Advice Team
  • prioritised access to Disability Service and a named Disability Adviser if you have a disability or are a carer
  • access to services like counselling and study skills
  • a dedicated Students’ Union UWE Cares Society and other social events throughout the year so you can meet with other students in similar situations
  • Transition, welcome and graduation events
  • exciting opportunities to develop by meeting senior UWE Bristol staff, and to attend external training and conferences.

Careers and mentoring

We’ll support you with:

  • a named Careers and Employability Coach, who will contact you directly and help you reach your potential
  • access to a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Mentor in your first year of your undergraduate degree. Your PAL Mentor will help you develop skills, confidence and employability by supporting you to complete the UWE Bristol Futures Award.

If you're a postgraduate student or in the second or third year of your undergraduate course, you can become a PAL Mentor. This is a paid role that looks good on your CV, develops your skills and makes a real difference to the University's new UWE Cares students by helping them settle in and make the most of the university’s many opportunities.


  • You may be eligible for the 365-day accommodation guarantee, meaning you can have university accommodation all year for the whole of your undergraduate course. Living in university accommodation is a great way to meet people!
  • If you’re eligible for the guarantee, we’ll pay or waive your deposit for UWE Bristol accommodation or Unite Students accommodation.
  • If you're a care leaver or estranged from your family, you’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the UNITE accommodation scholarship to cover the cost of your accommodation. There aren't many of these scholarships, but success would mean no housing costs for three whole years.

Financial support

You may be eligible for the UWE Cares Bursary, which is:

  • a £2000 non-repayable bursary in year one of your undergraduate course
  • a £1000 non-repayable bursary in subsequent years of your undergraduate course
  • a £500 non-repayable graduation bursary to help you launch your graduate life.

You must meet certain eligibility to receive the UWE Cares bursary and the 365-day accommodation guarantee. Please read our information on eligibility criteria for carers, care leavers and estranged students to find out more.

Other sources of support

Eligibility for UWE Cares support

View UWE Cares eligibility and criteria:

UWE Cares student stories

Rediat Abayneh, a UWE Bristol graduate and care leaver, has made a short film explaining how UWE Cares can offer support. Watch the UWE Cares film.

"Josh" is a care leaver studying at UWE Bristol. He tells us about his childhood, his journey to university and the support he received from UWE Cares. Read Josh's story.

"Louisa" is an estranged student studying at UWE Bristol. She tells us what it was like for her growing up and how UWE Cares helped her in her transition to university life. Read Louisa's story.

Contact UWE Cares

We're here to help you succeed and settle in, so please email us at if you have any questions or need support.

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