University College London
Senior Access Officer (Policy and Development)
020 3108 7613
The information on this page was last updated on 2 July 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.
At UCL we understand that young people in care can face particular difficulties when applying to and entering higher education. That’s why we have a fantastic team who can support care leavers from school, all the way through to graduation.
If you are thinking about applying to university, then please take a look at our taster activities, which are aimed at giving you the opportunity to experience both the academic and social life of a university student. We give additional consideration to young people in or leaving care for all of our activities, in addition to running bespoke events for care leavers too. For more details please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/widening-participation/specific-groups/young-people-care-and-care-leavers. If you need information or advice before, during or after your application process, then please contact Suzanne Hewings.
Once you’ve accepted your place at UCL, our dedicated care leaver contact, Natalie Humphrey, from student support and wellbeing, will make contact with you prior to enrolment, to answer any questions you may have. She's the one who will advise and support you through your student journey with us.
If you’re looking for accommodation at UCL, we are pleased to offer 365-day accommodation in our halls of residence. We also work with the Unite Foundation to offer 365 days of FREE accommodation to selected students. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about applying or studying at UCL, and we’ll be happy to help!
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
Additional funding options which you could be eligible for:
Care leavers' bursary – UCL offers a bursary of £1,000 per year for students who can provide evidence that they meet the eligibility requirements.
UCL undergraduate bursary – UCL will automatically assess your eligibility for this household income-assessed scheme, and can award up to £2,500 per year for the duration of your programme at UCL.
Financial Assistance Fund – this is discretionary financial assistance for current UCL students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty.
We also offer support for students seeking asylum, as well as those with discretionary leave to remain.If you have any questions about funding at UCL, please email the student funding team: firstname.lastname@example.org