The University of York
Access and Outreach Manager
The information on this page was last updated on 25 January 2022.
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.
At the University of York we are committed to providing the support our students need, so that everyone achieves their full potential and has an exceptional and transformational experience. There is lots of support available for young people who have spent time in care, which you can access anytime from pre-entry right through to graduation. This includes:Access and Outreach activities with care experienced students considering universityPre-application supportA contextual offer for all care experienced students - this is up to two grades below the standard offerA guaranteed interview for any courses that interviewSupport when you first arriveFinancial supportFree accommodation and flexible accommodation contractsSupport renting private sector accommodationStudy skills supportEmotional supportFran Hornsby, our dedicated care leavers’ contact once you are here, will stay in touch with you throughout your time at York to make sure you are enjoying and getting the most out of your time at university. You can contact Fran at any time, even if you just fancy a cup of tea and a chat! For further information about any of the above, please visit our care leavers' webpage.
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
We also offer a care leaver bursary of £3,000 in your first year, and £2,500 in subsequent years (plus £1,000 in your final term to assist with graduation and interview costs).
We offer an accommodation subsidy of £130 per week for both on and off-campus accommodation, for the duration of your course.
We also offer financial support to care experienced students at the pre-entry stage. You can apply for up to £250 to help with costs associated with applying to university e.g. the UCAS application fee, replacement exam certificates, or a new device. To apply, visit our website.
Finally, if you'd like to visit us on campus, we have a VIP Visit Package. This means we'll pay for you and a guest to travel to us, stay overnight and have lunch with us on campus. To apply, visit our website.