The University of Oxford
The information on this page was last updated on 31 January 2020.
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 a looked-after child or have experience in care, we are aware that there are even greater challenges for you to face when finding out about university. If you have spent time in care and are thinking of applying, or you are supporting a care leaver in this situation, we would be very happy to answer any further questions about the support available, connect you with a college or department, or help you organise a visit to Oxford.
Oxford offers a range of programmes for prospective students, such as the UNIQ summer school. Many of these programmes give priority places to students with experience in care. Find out more on our website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/increasing-access
If you have been in care for 3 months or more (indicated on your UCAS application, and subject to later verification checks), you will automatically be in the most disadvantaged group of applicants. This means that you would be strongly recommended for interview, provided that you are likely to meet the standard conditional offer for your chosen course. Throughout the application process, our tutors will keep in mind the challenging circumstances surrounding your accomplishments.
Support for Students
- Through your college, assistance in securing 365-day accommodation.
- A support coordinator available to you throughout your time at the University.
- Access to support through services like the Disability Advisory Service, Counselling Service, Careers Service.
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 experienced students are a priority to receive a Crankstart scholarship, which includes a non-repayable bursary of up to £5,000 per year for every year of your course, if your household income is assessed as £27,500 or less. Crankstart Scholars also have access to funded internships, volunteering opportunities, and other additional support. Students who do not qualify for a Crankstart Scholarship will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary of up to £3,200 to help with the costs of studying and living in Oxford.
If you have been in care for more than three months or are estranged from your family, Oxford will provide an additional non-repayable bursary of up to £3,000 per year to help with additional costs, such as accommodation during vacation periods. If you are also a Crankstart Scholar, you would be eligible for a maximum total bursary of £7,200 per year.
If you are a Crankstart Scholar or receive an Oxford Bursary, you would also be eligible to receive an annual Travel Supplement of up to £500, to support your travel to your stated home address. Many colleges also offer additional financial support, for instance to support international travel, research, equipment, or unexpected financial need.