The University of Bristol
Mature Students' and Peer Support Adviser
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.
Welcome to the University of Bristol. We are pleased you are thinking of studying with us. We have a team of people who are here to help you find the information you need, and to help you feel supported and make the most of your time at university.
Jessica Sharratt and Amy-Louise Gordon work in our recruitment team, and can help you with information about applying and any activities available before you are at university.
Maria Tottle will be your personal adviser whilst you are studying with us. Maria offers email and telephone support once you have been offered a place, and the opportunity for one-to-one and group meetings when you are here.
She can help with general settling in, or any worries you might have, and can also help by signposting you to a range of other services and people available to help you.
The university offers guaranteed accommodation for all new first year undergraduate students. This includes an option for 365-day accommodation.
You can also choose to meet with a peer mentor and, if you decide to come to the university, we will contact you about this in late August, prior to the start of your course in September.
Please get in touch if you have questions for any of us.
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
The University of Bristol is delighted to be working with the Unite Foundation to provide Unite Foundation scholarships. As a care leaver who is 25 or under, you can apply for one of these scholarships.
These provide free ensuite accommodation in Unite House for three years of undergraduate study. The deadline for applications is 1 June each year. For further information and eligibility criteria please see the university's Unite Foundation scholarship webpage: www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodation/undergraduate/fees/bursaries-and-scholarships/unite-foundation.html.
And the Unite House website: www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodation/undergraduate/residences/unite/.
If you are 25 or under, you may also be eligible for the Bristol Standalone Bursary. For 2018 entry this bursary is an award of £1,500, which is made in each year of study to eligible students.
Other bursaries you may eligible for are the UoB bursary, and an accommodation bursary for those living in university halls of accommodation. Read more here: www.bristol.ac.uk/fees-funding/awards/uob-bursary/ and here: www.bristol.ac.uk/fees-funding/awards/accommodation-bursary/.
Once you have started university, if you are experiencing financial difficulty you may be able to get some extra help through our financial assistance fund. It should be noted that you cannot apply for this until you are a registered student.