University of Cumbria

Karianne Robinson

Widening Participation Access and Retention Officer
01228 616298
karianne.robinson@cumbria.ac.uk

The information on this page was last updated on 6 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.

A big warm hello from the University of Cumbria! Here at the university we have gone from strength to strength in our work supporting care leavers. We are winners of the National Education Opportunities Network Access Initiative of the Year Award 2015, and the Educate North Access Award 2016, for our dedication to care leavers. Also, we have previously held the Buttle UK Quality Mark, which expired in June 2017 following the end of the Quality Mark Scheme.

We have our two dedicated contacts – Karianne Robinson and Mel Bakey – who can support you right from the minute you decide to apply to the university, through to graduation and beyond. If you feel you need 365-day accommodation, we have the facility for you at all our major campuses (Lancaster, Ambleside and Fusehill Street, Carlisle).

Here at the University of Cumbria we keep our class sizes small; you will not simply be another number whilst studying with us, but you will be an individual supported at the highest level to obtain a fantastic degree. With the support of our career services we also offer support for up to three years post graduation, so you can flourish in your chosen occupation.

We work with community groups, foster parents and social services to give workshops about higher education in the community.

Support we offer

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  • 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

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  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

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  • 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 want all care leavers who choose to come to the University of Cumbria to feel supported, and that you can manage independently. Part of this is ensuring you can cope financially whilst studying. We offer our entry package for care leavers, which is worth up to £400 (subject to availability). This is given in the form of vouchers and useful items ready for you to commence your studies and settle into your halls of residence. We may ask you to show us evidence of your care leaver status before you receive the vouchers.

The university also awards a Cumbria bursary worth £3,000 in total – £1,000 per year for a maximum of three years, and a further bursary award for courses with integrated foundation years worth £4,000 in total – £1,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Part-time awards are also available. Please see the scholarships and bursaries page of our website for more information: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/student-finance/scholarships-and-bursaries
 
Care leavers under the age of 25 are given high priority for the Cumbria bursary, if they have indicated on their UCAS application that they have left or are leaving local authority care. There is no need to apply for the Cumbria bursary. Instead, we find the information we need from your Student Finance application. So if you would like to be considered for the bursary, please make sure you have completed your Student Finance application nice and early, and ticked the box that allows the university to see your information.

Specific criteria will apply, and awards to students living outside of England may be subject to government guidance and regulations. Our financial support may change over time, and it is best to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Our hardship fund is available to students who are experiencing severe financial difficulty, or who have unexpected financial emergencies. The fund is intended to help with essential living costs only. Care leavers have priority access to our hardship fund.

115 courses

Course information from Unistats was last updated in August 2018

Acting In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Adult Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Adult Nursing In Lancaster
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Adult Nursing In Barrow-in-Furness
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Applied Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Biology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Biology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Biomedical Sciences In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Business Management In Lancaster
Children's Nursing In Lancaster
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Children's Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Conservation Biology In Ambleside
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Conservation Biology (with placement) In Ambleside Sandwich year
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Creative Writing In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Creative Writing In Carlisle - Brampton Road
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Criminology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Criminology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Criminology with Applied Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Criminology with Forensic Investigation In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Criminology with Policing and Investigation In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Dance In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Diagnostic Radiography In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Diagnostic Radiography In Lancaster
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Education Studies In London
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English Literature In Carlisle - Brampton Road
English Literature In Carlisle - Brampton Road
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Film and Television In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Fine Art In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Fine Art (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Forensic and Investigative Science In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Forest Management In Ambleside
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Forest Management (with placement) In Ambleside Sandwich year
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Forestry In Ambleside Foundation
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Games Design In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Geography In Ambleside
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Graphic Design In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Healthcare Science In Lancaster
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Illustration In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Law In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Law (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Learning Disabilities Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Mental Health Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Mental Health Nursing In Lancaster
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Midwifery In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Musical Theatre In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Occupational Therapy In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Occupational Therapy In Lancaster
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Outdoor Education In Ambleside Foundation
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Outdoor Leadership In Ambleside
Paramedic Practice In Ambleside
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Performing Arts In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Photography In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Physiotherapy In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Primary Education (3-11) with QTS In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Professional Policing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Project Management In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Foundation
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Project Management In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Psychology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Social Work In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Sport Rehabilitation In Lancaster
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Wildlife Media In Carlisle - Brampton Road
Working with Children and Families In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Zoology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Zoology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Zoology (with placement) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Sandwich year
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