University of Derby

Dave Knight

Inclusivity & Wellbeing Practitioner
01332 593000

The information on this page was last updated on 26 March 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.

If you are fostered, a care leaver, have had experience of living in care, or are estranged from your family, the University of Derby can offer you support from the time of your application, through to completion of your studies.

We can offer you guidance on completing any admissions, accommodation or disability forms. We are happy to meet with you prior to you starting your course.

We recognise that it is important to have a named person on hand to offer you support and guidance throughout your time at the University of Derby. Your mentor will discuss with you how often you may wish to meet up. This may be on a regular or ad-hoc basis, it is up to you to decide what feels right for you.

You can approach student wellbeing at any stage of your studies to discuss what support we can offer.

Our student advisers will help you to set up any support you may need. You can contact us on: 01332 593000 or e-mail:

The University of Derby has demonstrated its commitment to estranged students by signing the Stand Alone Pledge:

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

The University of Derby bursary provides targeted financial assistance with the costs of higher education to those who are eligible. The bursary is available to new undergraduate students entering higher education for the first time from September 2017 onwards.

Bursaries are assessed on household income, and are paid direct to you (in instalments). For household income under £25,000, the bursary is £1,000 (£900 plus £100 Blackwell’s card).

For household income between £25,001 and £36,592, the bursary is £600 (£500 plus £100 Blackwell’s card).

How do I apply?
You do not need to make an application for the University of Derby bursary. Entitlement is assessed automatically using the household income details given to us by your funding authority (i.e. Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland/SAAS).

We know it's complicated, so our friendly SMART team can talk you through it all, they're available Monday to Friday, 1pm to 2pm. Email them on:, or call: 01332 592000.

The university is committed to supporting and developing services for estranged students. If you require any advice or support in confirming your estrangement to Student Finance, we are happy to assist.