The University of Wolverhampton

Kirsty Dorward

Kirsty Dorward

Head of Student Experience Projects
01902 321834

The information on this page was last updated on 23 August 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.

The University is committed to helping looked-after children and care leavers access higher education, and as part of this commitment we offer the Aspire2Uni programme, which is a progressive programme launched in year seven that continues through to year 13.

Over the course of the programme, the University organises a series of ongoing outreach days and enrichment opportunities designed to raise aspirations, break down barriers, and inform progression to higher education.

Group, on-line and 1-1 (if appropriate) is also provided for young people and Virtual Schools, working in partnership with the University, provide any academic support required to aid progression.

In addition to the programme and open to all, the University organises a series of dedicated higher education awareness days for pre- and post-16 looked-after children, and for the influencers of looked-after children, such as carers, designated teachers and other professionals.

We can also offer you one-to-one application support and advice, or arrange any bespoke provision required.
Once you have made the decision to study at Wolverhampton, we can provide you with pre-entry advice, personalised signposting to student support, a mentoring scheme, access to online mentoring support and financial support.

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

For 2019/20 we will offer an access bursary for care leavers worth £2,000, payable in the first two years of study (£1,000 each year).

We also offer a care leaver's bursary each year through our hardship fund, the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. In addition, we will pay costs to allow you to attend your graduation ceremony once you complete your course.