The Queen's University of Belfast

Deirdre Lynskey

Widening Participation Officer
02890 971567
d.lynskey@qub.ac.uk

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.

If you are thinking of applying to Queen's, or would like to find out more information about what university is like, please contact Deirdre and she will be able to help you.

You can email her directly on d.lynskey@qub.ac.uk, or click on our webpage www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wpu/CareLeavers/.

We provide a range of events and programmes to help care-experienced applicants and students settle into university.

At our open days we can meet you and show you around the campus, you can also meet students who are care-experienced, who want to share their experience with you. If you would rather visit the university at another time, we can also arrange this.

We offer guaranteed accommodation at Elms student village, as well as providing a range of academic and personal support within our student guidance centre; information about all the support offered is available on our website.

Deirdre will answer any questions that you might have, we look forward to hearing from you.

Support we offer

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  • 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

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  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

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  • 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

A £1,000 care leavers' bursary is available to you, when you demonstrate that you have been in the care of a health and social care trust or local authority for three months or more from the age of 14, and are enrolled on a Queen's undergraduate or postgraduate course.

The bursary is awarded each academic year, payable in instalments at the beginning of each semester  autumn and spring. Students are encouraged to apply for the bursary within your first semester.

Care-experienced students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain are also eligible for the Queen’s bursary of £380, if household income is below £19,203.

We endorse the Fostering Network's tick the box campaign, and encourage applicants to indicate that they are care-experienced in order to access support as early as possible, so please tick the box on the UCAS form.

Queen's University Belfast offers two full undergraduate scholarships to students who are registered asylum seekers in the UK. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition and provide an £8,000 award to support living costs for each year of study, up to a maximum of three years. 

For further information, please visit our webpage:
www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/Scholarships/Asylum/.

Alternatively, please contact the International Office at QUB:
T: 02890 975088
E: international@qub.ac.uk