The University of Sussex
Retention and Progression Manager, Student Experience
The information on this page was last updated on 27 January 2021.
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.
We welcome applications from care-experienced students at the University of Sussex. We offer a range of support that aims to make your transition to higher education as smooth as possible, as well as offering stability while you're studying with us and beyond.
Pre-entry, you’ll have access to a named contact (Melinda Finn) for support, who you can contact with any questions you have. It’s also reassuring to know you will receive special consideration by admissions staff on results day, just in case things don’t go as planned.
For 2021 entry, you’ll receive a financial bursary package and comprehensive pastoral support will be provided throughout your course. Further details of the financial package can be found below.
You will be offered the following pastoral support package:
A dedicated Care Leavers' Advisor, based in the Student Life Centre, to help you with any problems that may arise during your time at university.
A named Care Leavers Careers' Consultant in the Careers and Employability Centre
University accommodation for 52 weeks per year for the duration of your course (please be aware that the cost of accommodation is not covered by the University of Sussex).
You'll also have priority for applying for paid student work as a Student Connector.
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
You are likely to be entitled to the Sussex Bursary, which is automatically granted to all students with a household income of under £25,000, and includes the following:
An award of £500 for every year of study.
A £500 study grant paid in your first year.
In addition, when meeting eligibility criteria for care leaver support (please contact Melinda Finn for more details), you will have access to the following:
Free bedding pack on arrival (if required).
Free kitchen pack on arrival (if required).
Priority for applying for paid student work as a Student Connector, working with the University on various projects around the student experience.
Priority if applying for the University’s hardship fund.
If you tick the "in care" box on your UCAS form, Melinda Finn will get in touch with you by email to establish your eligibility for the support. There is no application or deadline.