Glasgow Caledonian University
School Connect Manager and Named Contact for Care Experienced Students
0141 273 1485
The information on this page was last updated on 4 September 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.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is keen to support more care-experienced young people and care leavers into GCU, throughout their studies and on to graduation.
We have a steering group with staff and a care-experienced student to ensure we consider care-experienced students across all of our services. We are also proud to work with the Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant to help improve outcomes for care-experienced young people.
We also try to engage with care-experienced young people at the earliest stage through our school and college outreach, and we host a taster day each year for care-experienced pupils in Glasgow.
We can also offer individual support to care-experienced young people and care leavers across the country.
Thinking about university:
No matter where you are in your educational journey we would be happy to offer information, advice and guidance. We would be happy to support you with your application/interview, and we can set up meetings with students and staff to help you make an informed choice about your course.
Settling into university life:
In addition to the named contact, care-experienced students progressing to Glasgow Caledonian University can access a staff mentor to help ease the transition to university study, providing a friendly face to catch up with and a signpost to other aspects of GCU life you could get involved with.
At GCU, care-experienced students have priority access to our student support services, which includes student funding and the library.
Here are some examples of what we can do:
- Eligible care-experienced students can access an annual £500 bursary.
- Eligible students can access FREE accommodation in our halls of residence for up to two years, 365 days per year.
- We have a partnership with the Unite Foundation, so students can also choose to apply for an accommodation scholarship in a Unite halls of residence that provides free 365-day accommodation for three years.
- The library has four laptops available on long-term loan for any care-experienced student who needs to access one, and the team can also offer one-to-one library support upon request.
- We have also waived graduation fees and we have a bursary to pay for graduation gown hire. We can also help with print costs for your dissertation.
- And if you agree we keep in touch, promoting other opportunities such as travel scholarships etc.
We also have a named full-time officer in the students' association, and a care-experienced student group, led by our care-experienced student officer, which feeds into the university's steering group.
Please get in touch, visit the webpage: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/studentlife/studentsupport/careleavers/, or follow us on Twitter @GCUCares.
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
Care leavers may be eligible to apply to the Glasgow Caledonian University care-experienced students' fund, which you can apply for each academic year if you are in financial need. The maximum awarded each year is £500.
Financial support may also be available through the university's discretionary and childcare fund, and there are other funding streams that you might be eligible to apply for.
Course information from Unistats was last updated in August 2018