University of Hertfordshire

Michelle Wakefield

Student Success Officer
01707 286444

The information on this page was last updated on 24 May 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.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to increasing the number of care leavers accessing and succeeding in higher education. We understand that the application process and settling in at university can be particularly challenging for care leavers and want to provide support in making your time at Herts as stress free and successful as possible.

Throughout your time with us, you will have a dedicated member of staff within the WASS team that can give you guidance and support should you need it.

We can also liaise with your Personal Advisor or Local Authority (with your consent). Support with equipment, academic textbook resources and food vouchers are also available (subject to eligibility).

You will get priority access to the Student Success programme of activities which typically includes:

Academic mentoring or coaching
Financial advice and support
Peer mentoring
Exam support ad preparation
Wellbeing and self-care resources.

For more details or to discuss support for care leavers at the University, please contact and a member of the WASS team will get back to you.

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 know that some students worry that going to university will be expensive. We offer care leavers a bursary worth £1500 per year for their three years of undergraduate study (subject to eligibility checks).

All first year undergraduate students (Level 4), may also be eligible for the University of Hertfordshire bursary (£1000).

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