The University of Wolverhampton

Kirsty Dorward

Kirsty Dorward

Head of Student Experience Projects
01902 321834

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 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 an incremental programme launched in year seven that continues through to year 13.

Over the course of the programme, the university organises a series of ongoing events and initiatives designed to raise aspirations, break down barriers, and inform progression to higher education.

A dedicated mentor is also provided for young people and Virtual Schools, working in partnership with the university, provide any academic support required to aid progression.

The university also works alongside a charity, the Creating Chances Trust, who raise funds and access high quality work placements, potential employment opportunities and professional role models for young people.

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 2018/19 we will offer an access bursary for care leavers worth £2,000, payable in two instalments of £1,000 each.

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.

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