University for the Creative Arts

Anna Mepstead

Specialist Adviser
01634 888644

The information on this page was last updated on 8 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.

Welcome to the University for the Creative Arts. The University for the Creative Arts is committed to the support and achievement of all our students, and recognises that care leavers and care-experienced young people may face additional challenges in entering and adjusting to university life.

To help you make the transition into further or higher education, and to support you throughout your studies with us, we have designated members of staff to support care leavers on each of our campuses, offering confidential support from an initial enquiry through to graduation.

We can provide you with ongoing advice and support, such as money management and general welfare support, referral to other internal and external support services, and liaison with tutors and course leaders on your behalf, should you wish us to do so.

Please have a look at our care leaver webpage for more information, and do get in touch if you have any questions.

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

Young people in care and care leavers are a priority for our discretionary funds. If you are aged up to 18 and studying with us on our further education courses, for example the Diploma in Art and Design Foundation studies, you are entitled to a guaranteed bursary of up to £1,200.

If you are 19 or over, then you will be a priority for our adult learner support funds to help with the costs of your course, for example, materials or travel.

If you are studying at degree level and are under 25, you will be a priority for our financial assistance fund.