Stranmillis University College
The information on this page was last updated on 28 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.
Stranmillis University College was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in May 2014, and successfully renewed this for a further two years in May 2015. This means that we have been assessed as being able to show excellence in practice in terms of the support we provide for care leavers and care-experienced students.
As well as ongoing confidential one-to-one academic, financial and pastoral support from your care leaver coordinator, the college has a welfare officer within the students’ union, plus a dedicated student support service open to all students, to provide emotional and other support where required.
Accommodation is non-means tested, and prioritised for care-experienced students only. Because we recognise the difficulties for some care-experienced students regardless of care type, length of time in care, or when they were in care, our definition of being in care is ‘anyone who has experience of care for 12 weeks or more at any time during childhood, regardless of care type'.
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
All students, including care-experienced students, may apply for a hardship fund based on income through student support services no later than August each year.
We currently have two dedicated financial support packages for care-experienced students. They are regardless of status and non-means tested, i.e. they are available regardless of income status, and approved in confidence via your care leaver coordinator.
The first is a study support bursary of £600 in first year, £800 in second year, £1,000 in third year and, for those enrolled on a four-year degree, a further £1,000 in final year.
The second financial support package is a year-round halls accommodation bursary or equivalent for the duration of your degree. Both of these should be applied for via your care leaver coordinator before the end of August each year.