Anglia Ruskin University

Nicki Sinclair

Student Experience Coordinator
01245 68 3537

The information on this page was last updated on 28 July 2022.

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.

Here at ARU we are committed to supporting care leavers and care experienced students throughout their higher education experience. It is an exciting time, but we know it can be daunting, so we will support you every step of the way.

Our Outreach team offer support before you apply through events and activities to help you navigate university life, help with your UCAS form, pre-entry advice and admission support. For more information, please contact They will also contact you if you tick the care leaver box on your UCAS form to make sure you are aware of the support available.

Then the Student Experience Team (myself, Elly Page, Adele Woodhams and Jamie Carson) are here to support you throughout your studies and to answer any questions you might have and you can reach us by emailing We also offer a peer support group, priority for accommodation for the duration of your course, money advice and the ARU Care Leaver Bursary, plus access to other specialist student support including Counselling and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia Support and Employability.

If you need further advice or guidance, please either look on our website ( or email us. We hope to hear from you soon!

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

We offer a non-repayable £1500 Care Leavers' bursary per year (£2000 in final year) to help with additional costs for undergraduate students (part-time students will receive a pro-rata amount). We offer up to £500 per year for eligible postgraduates. This can be used for help towards the initial cost of renting a room for university before you start with us, i.e. the £300 upfront payment for university accommodation, or it can be saved and used during the summer vacation after your first year for help with accommodation costs, or both, up to the maximum of £500. Please email us on if you would like more information. You are also a priority group for any of our other support funds such as Disability Support and the ARU hardship fund. Both can be applied for once you start with us. ARU also has the ARU Bursary, a yearly cash bursary of up to £300 if you are studying on an undergraduate course and have a low income (part-time students receive a pro-rata rate).The university also offers a variety of scholarships that change on a yearly basis so check here for the latest information:

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