Care leaver students
At Essex we are committed to supporting all our students who have the merit and
potential to succeed throughout their university experience, regardless of background.
If you have lived in care and you are looking to study at Essex, or you are already
studying with us, there is support available for you.
As at other universities, Essex has a number of students who are care leavers
and who enjoy successful educational experiences with us. We are aware that higher
education can be daunting at first and this is why we want you to know exactly what
support is available for you and how you can access this.
Thinking about university?
Our Outreach Team offers a range of
activities and events designed to highlight the benefits of higher education.
Applying for university
provides information and support to care leavers wishing to apply for university. Care leavers can apply to
Buttle UK for funding (maximum £2,000)
– this is a non-repayable grant.
Preparing for university
Before you start your undergraduate degree, get ahead of the game and register
with Essex 101 for essay-writing advice,
reference-writing support and help with your revision.
While you are at university
Your Student Services Hub offers advice and guidance
on a range of issues, such as changing your course, financial matters,impartial money management and
debt advice. You can request an appointment with a specialist adviser.
You can ask them about financial support available, such as:
The Wellbeing Team is also here to provide ongoing emotional
support to students studying at Essex. In addition, every student at Essex is allocated a
personal tutor and has access to a
Care leavers can get general support and advice from The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers.
Connect with other care leavers
If you would like to connect with other care leavers on campus, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to help.
If you think there is something else we can do we are also happy to hear your views.