The University of Oxford
Head of Widening Access and Participation
The information on this page was last updated on 13 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 a looked-after child or a care leaver, we are aware that there are even greater challenges for you to face when finding out about university.
The university has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of the support we offer care leavers. If you have spent time in care and are thinking of applying, or you are supporting a care leaver in this situation, we hope you will find the information below helpful. To find out more or to discuss applying to the university, please contact Jimi Slattery, or call 01865 270543.
Do you think Oxford could be for you? Why not come along to one of our open days to find out what it is like to study and live here? On top of the wealth of information provided by colleges and departments, we would be very happy to answer any further questions about the support available to you as a care leaver, and can arrange a one-to-one meeting while you are here.
The university runs lots of outreach events including summer schools, conferences and workshops for young people, parents/guardians and teachers throughout the year.
Students who have been in care or are care leavers may be eligible to be 'flagged' when applying to Oxford. When a candidate is 'flagged' under the contextual data system, it is strongly recommended that they are invited to interview. A candidate is eligible for a care status 'flag' if they have been in care for more than three months (as determined from your UCAS application, and subject to later verification checks).
The University of Oxford is committed to supporting students from a care background to ensure that you receive the help you need in order to have a successful university experience. What we can offer you:
- Through your college, assistance in securing 365-day accommodation.
- A support coordinator available to you throughout your time at the University of Oxford to discuss any academic, accommodation or financial concerns you may have. Your support coordinator will also act as a link between you and your local authority.
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 are a priority to receive a Moritz-Heyman scholarship, which includes a bursary and tuition fee reduction, for every year of your course, if your income is assessed as £16,000 or less. There is also access to the standard Oxford bursary and tuition fee support, for those who do not qualify for a Moritz-Heyman scholarship.