Dumfries and Galloway College

Tanja Livingstone

Student Adviser (for Care Experienced Young People)
01387 734064

The information on this page was last updated on 28 August 2019.

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.

At Dumfries and Galloway College we seek to support all looked-after young people and care leavers to ensure that you have a positive and successful experience.

To achieve this we support our care-experienced young people by having a dedicated student adviser as a point of contact to help support you with issues that may arise before and during your time at college.

Before you start college we can provide support such as:

  • transitional meeting(s) with care providers and the prospective student
  • opportunites to visit to the college to see what we can offer you as a student
  • student advisers can provide funding advice before you apply
  • support and guidance with filling out online applications for your chosen course of study and funding.

Whilst you are attending college there is also:

  • a specific contact that you can turn to for support
  • support with any funding difficulties
  • additional funding available through hardship funds
  • access to support regarding study skills
  • support with attendance issues
  • opportunities to meet up throughout the year for ongoing guidance
  • opportunities to discuss how you plan to progress with your studies, and further advice.

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 discretionary funds to help towards rent/childcare, and hardship funds. We also offer advice, depending on circumstances, of what benefits students could be eligible to apply for whilst attending full-time. 

Students are notified via email once they have been offered a place on the course and invited to apply for funding online (this link is sent out to students via the funding team). We encourage you to apply for funding as soon as possible, to ensure that your funding is set up before you start college.  

Prospective students can contact the student adviser for care-experienced young people on:01387 734064/65 or email: livingstonet@dumgal.ac.uk