Aberystwyth University

Widening Participation Co-ordinator

Widening Participation Co-ordinator
01970 622065

The information on this page was last updated on 2 December 2020.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

Aberystwyth University has a ‘named person' to support care leavers and can work with young people in this situation from pre-application, right through to graduation. Widening Participation staff focus on pre-entry, and then work closely with colleagues in our Student Support and Careers Services to offer tailored support throughout the student journey.

Care leavers are guaranteed 365-day accommodation for all three or four years here – this won't necessarily be in the same room the whole time though!

The welfare officer in the student union can also provide impartial advice and support. You can contact: union.advice@aber.ac.uk or 01970 621700 in the first instance, or see their webpages at: www.abersu.co.uk/advice/.
We held the Buttle UK Quality Mark (for six years) until its end; we also take a leading role in CLASS Cymru – a Welsh group of all universities and most further education colleges in Wales who share best practice and meet regularly, coordinating work across the nation.

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

There is lots of support for care leavers (and others, including young carers and those who are 'estranged' or 'unsupported'), and our dedicated support team will be happy to talk to you about that, either before or during application, or on arrival at Aberystwyth.

You can apply for a Care Leaver Bursary by completing a simple online form, and including evidence to support your application (such as a letter from your LEA, a social worker, Pathway Plan Adviser, or similar support worker). We can also provide a free welcome pack with the essentials to get you settled in (bedding, kitchen equipment, stationery etc.). You may also be eligible to receive some of the other scholarships and bursaries we offer, and we advise that applicants check our website to see what is available.