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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.

Supporting you

  • Thinking about university?

    Our Outreach Team offers a range of activities and events designed to highlight the benefits of higher education.

  • Applying for university

    UCAS 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 peer mentor.

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 stengage@essex.ac.uk 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.