How can UWE Cares help me?

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

Information, help and support

We’ll support you with:

  • a named point of contact for queries and concerns, from application all the way through to graduation
  • weekly drop-ins where you can see a friendly face, ask questions, and get information and support
  • support to help you access information points, academic help, careers and employability, the University's library, study skills, wellbeing services and the Student Money Service
  • support to access Disability Service and a Disability Adviser if you have a disability or if your caring responsibilities impact on your studies
  • a Students’ Union UWE Cares Society and other social events throughout the year so you can settle in and meet other students
  • exciting opportunities to develop by meeting senior UWE Bristol staff, and the opportunity to attend external conferences and awards ceremonies
  • financial support towards the cost of gym memberships, joining societies and buying ID for jobs and volunteering
  • a regular newsletter, helping you get involved in the many opportunities and support services provided by UWE Bristol.

Careers and mentoring

We’ll support you with:

  • a named Careers and Employability Coach, who will contact you directly and help you reach your goals
  • the opportunity to have a student mentor through PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) in the first year of your undergraduate degree. This is another student who can listen, signpost you to a range of services and help you develop skills and confidence 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 for UWE Cares students. This is a paid role that looks great on your CV, develops your skills and makes a real difference to the University's new UWE Cares students by helping them settle in, meet people and make the most of the University’s many opportunities.


We’ll support you with:

  • You may be eligible for 365-day accommodation onsite at Frenchay Campus, meaning you can live in university accommodation all year – including during the summer holidays - for the duration of your undergraduate course. Living in university accommodation is a great way to meet people!
  • If you’re eligible for 365-day accommodation, 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 Foundation accommodation scholarship. There aren't many of these scholarships, but if you’re chosen you’ll have no housing costs or bills for up to three years in a city-centre UNITE accommodation building.

To apply for the UNITE Foundation accommodation scholarship, please email

View information about accommodation options at UWE Bristol and summer accommodation.

Financial support

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

  • £1,500 in each year of your first undergraduate degree course. The bursary is non-repayable and paid to you in three instalments, one in each term
  • a £500 non-repayable graduation bursary to help you launch your life after you graduate.

You must meet certain eligibility to receive the UWE Cares bursary and 365-day accommodation.


View UWE Cares eligibility and criteria:

Other sources of support

Outside of UWE Cares, there are plenty of other sources of support at the University, such as:

External resources

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