The University of Liverpool

Caroline O’Connell

Money Advice and Guidance Team Leader
0151 7951000

The information on this page was last updated on 9 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.

Coming to university can be an exciting time, but we understand that it can also be a time of change and many students have concerns or worries. At the University of Liverpool we are committed to supporting care leavers prior to starting their course, and throughout the duration of studies.If you decide to come to the University of Liverpool, we can provide a package of support that will hopefully help during your time in Liverpool.

Caroline O’Connell is the University of Liverpool’s named care leaver contact, and she is part of Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (SWAG).  During your studies you will be supported by one of our Advisers within SWAG who can assist you with any queries or concerns, they will also act as a link between the University, your Local Authority and any other internal or external services as required.  For further information please email or call 0151 794 5863.

In conjunction with the support offered by Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (SWAG), the University of Liverpool’s Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) team would be pleased to hear from care leavers who are interested in the opportunity to come to campus for a bespoke individual visit, where you will receive information and guidance to support transition to university, meet current students (and where possible tutors) from your subject area of interest, and have a tailored campus tour.

Additionally, if you engage with the WPO team, the University can offer support with transport to enable participation in the University’s Open Days and Applicant Discovery Days on campus. And, if you receive an offer from the University of Liverpool, the offer will be reduced by up to one A-Level grade or equivalent (excluding programmes within the School of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Science).

If you go on to study with us at the University of Liverpool, you will also have the opportunity to apply to work as a Student Ambassador with the WPO team.

Please contact Ben Toleman for more information:

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’ Opportunity Bursary
The Care Leavers' Opportunity Bursary scheme offers additional funds to support students who have been in public care. The bursary is worth £3,000 per year and can be taken as either a cash award or as a fee waiver. To be eligible for the award you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have spent a minimum of 13 weeks in Local Authority care since the age of 14; and
  • Be aged 28 years or under (on 1 September of the year in which you intend to commence your studies); and
  • Be a 'home' (UK) undergraduate student or EU undergraduate student classified by the Student Loans Company as 'home' for student support purposes

Applicants to the University of Liverpool will be contacted in August once an offer of a place has been confirmed with further details and a request to provide the following evidence:

  • A letter from leaving care team, designated teacher or social worker or a copy of our pro forma signed by any of the above.

Students studying on an NHS-funded programme will not be eligible for the Care Leavers' Opportunity Bursary.

The University Hardship Fund (UHF)
The UHF is a discretionary fund which provides support to UK students who are experiencing financial difficulties.  Students can apply to the fund if they are experiencing hardship as a result of ongoing financial difficulties or a one off unexpected essential expenditure.

Asylum Seekers Bursary
The University of Liverpool are pleased to offer tuition fee and maintenance support for up to four undergraduate students who have sought protection in the UK, so they can succeed in higher education. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition and provide awards from £3,000* per year to support the costs of study e.g. equipment, books, travel and accommodation.

These awards are for applicants applying for undergraduate programmes only, excluding clinical programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science. This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. A panel of University staff will select the strongest applications.
*The value of the bursary awarded will be dependent upon individual circumstances.