The University of St Andrews

Pamela Forbes

Pamela Forbes

Education Liaison Officer
01334 463328
schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk

The information on this page was last updated on 3 September 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.

 
The University of St Andrews can offer additional support to care leavers both during the application process and once you have started at St Andrews. This can include financial support and guidance, help finding year-round accommodation, and a dedicated care leaver support coordinator.

If you meet the definition of a care leaver as outlined above, and you are applying to the University through UCAS, please make sure you tick the box that asks if you have been in care. This enables the care leaver support coordinator to contact you with more information about the support we can offer. Admissions officers will also take into account any mitigating circumstances affecting students who have been in care, as per the contextual admissions policy.

The university endeavours to support care-experienced students in securing year-round accommodation for the duration of their studies. The care leaver support coordinator can help you find any accommodation you may require outside of university term time.

We have a range of financial aid for undergraduates. Care leaver status and the personal circumstances of the individual will be taken into account in the scholarship selection process. There are also a number of other types of financial support, including the university's discretionary fund, which can be accessed at any point within your studies here.

The University of St Andrews has care leaver support coordinators, Mike Johnson and Pamela Forbes, who act as a point of initial contact for care leavers who are thinking of applying to the university. Mike and Pamela also offer ongoing support and impartial guidance as required, and can direct applicants and students to relevant support services within the university.

If you are a current care-experienced high school student in Fife, you may also be eligible to participate in our widening participation programmes.

Please contact Pamela by emailing schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Support we offer

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  • 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

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  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

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  • 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

We have a range of financial aid for undergraduates. Care leaver status and your personal circumstances will be taken into account in the scholarship selection process. There are also a number of other types of financial support, including the university's discretionary fund, which can be accessed at any point within your studies here.

You can find out more about scholarships, bursaries and financial aid in the Fees and Funding section of our website.

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