Student Support and Engagement Officer
The information on this page was last updated on 30 August 2018.
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.
We guarantee accommodation for care leavers 365 days a year, throughout your studies with us. The guarantee applies to Bournemouth University-managed accommodation, and many of our students choose to use their bursary to pay for this.
Starting at Bournemouth University
Jacquie O'Brien is the university's contact for care leavers, and you can get in touch with her if you have any queries during the application stage.
We invite all our new care leaver students to a Get Ready Day in the summer before you start. This informal day is run by current and previous students, where you'll be able to have a good look round the uni and the town, and find out about all the support services on offer.
Once you've enrolled, the student support and engagement coordinator for your faculty will be in touch with you, and is a useful point of contact as you start out at university.
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 don’t want you to worry about money while you’re studying with us, so our bursaries are here to give you some extra support. You can use this money for whatever you need, whether that’s a helping hand with your rent, buying a train ticket to go home for the weekend, or enjoying dinner out with your new friends.
You’ll never have to pay this money back, but you do need to meet some eligibility criteria to get an award. We don’t even ask you to apply for it – if you’re eligible, you’ll receive it automatically.
Care leavers' bursary
If you have recently been in full-time care, you could receive financial help through our care leavers' bursary. Eligible students will receive £6,000 to support learning and living costs in their first year at university, and £5,000 in their second and final years.
Eligible new students with a household income below £16,000 could receive a maintenance bursary worth £3,500 to support their learning and living costs. You'll be awarded £1,300 in your first year, and £1,100 in your second and final years of study.
Students with a household income between £16,001 and £25,000 could receive a £3,000 bursary. You'll receive £1,000 in your first, second and final years of study.
Scholarships and other financial support
Bournemouth University has a range of scholarships including our excellence scholarships, which reward your achievements in academic work, sports and music. We can also help with additional funding for students with disabilities or caring responsibilities, for example.
Visit our Money Matters page to find out more: www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/uk-eu-student-finance.
We work with the Unite Foundation to offer 365 days of free accommodation to selected students, the deadline for applications is 1 June each year, and you can find out more about this at: www.unitefoundation.co.uk.