Estranged students are 16-25 year olds who may not be in contact with their parents (for any reason) for them to be able to support them through university. If you are a student who is not in contact with or are not supported by your parents, we want to make sure you have all the support you need while you studying with us. In 2017, we signed up to the Stand Alone Pledge to demonstrate our support for estranged students and commit to ongoing support and improvements.
It can be a bit of a challenge for us to identify if you are an estranged student based on the information we have from UCAS and your application alone. We will also check your student finance information when you register with us and contact you if it shows that you are under 25 and classed as an independent student. Someone from our Student Welfare Service will contact you when we have these details to make sure you are aware of all the support you can access and help you with any concerns or worries you might have. If you want to speed up this process or have questions before you apply or make your decision you can contact the Student Welfare Service (email@example.com) directly and they will be happy to help.
The Student Welfare Service will also discuss your specific circumstances with you, how they can help with travel, parking or finances depending on what you need. Estranged students can receive a bursary of up to £1000 per year. You will have a named member of staff who you will be able to contact directly during your studies and they will also agree check in points with you to make sure things are going as smoothly as possible.
The Student Welfare Service provide a range of support for students regardless of their circumstances. If you are not sure if you qualify for specific support, you are more than welcome to chat to them to see how they can help you.
We have a partnership with Pathways, who work with local universities in Leicestershire. They may also have additional events and information aimed at young carers, care experienced students and estranged students. Find out more about Pathways and how they can help you.