The School of Oriental and African Studies

Julien Boast

Widening Participation Manager (Outreach and Progression)
0207 898 4113

The information on this page was last updated on 13 September 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.

If you have any questions about applying to or studying at SOAS as someone with experience of care, please contact Julien Boast in the widening participation team. He will be able to answer your queries and also provide information, advice and guidance about university in general.

Our financial support is prioritised for those with experience of care, and at SOAS we offer a wide range of ongoing pastoral support through our student advice and wellbeing team and the students’ union, to enable all students to make the most of their time at university.

Please do contact Julien if you have any questions – we look forward to hearing from you.

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

SOAS offers a range of financial support for undergraduates. The SOAS Bursary consists of a minimum of £4,500 in cash bursaries over the course of your degree, and students with experience of care are a priority group to receive the bursary.

In addition, SOAS offers study support funds that you can apply for if you face unexpected financial hardship during your degree; again those with experience of care are a priority group to receive these funds. For further information please see:

SOAS also offers Sanctuary Scholarships, which are intended to provide displaced people with the opportunity to take their first steps in higher education in the UK by waiving tuition fees. For further information please see:

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