University of the West of England, Bristol

Steffie Denton and Adam Wilson

Steffie Denton and Adam Wilson

UWE Cares Team

The information on this page was last updated on 31 August 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.

What can UWE Cares do for me?

We really want to help you succeed in your studies. If you choose UWE Bristol, you can access:

  • a designated point of contact for queries and concerns, from application all the way through to graduation
  • weekly drop-ins where you can find information and get face-to-face support
  • coordinated support to help access academic help, employment services, libraries, student support services and the Money Advice Team
  • prioritised access to disability services and a named disability adviser if you have a disability
  • a named careers and employability coach who will contact you directly and help you reach your potential
  • help to access services like wellbeing services and study skills
  • access to a PAL Mentor in your first year of your undergraduate degree. Your PAL Mentor will help you develop skills, confidence and employability by supporting you to complete the UWE Bristol Futures Award
  • you may be eligible to apply for the UWE Cares bursary, a £2,000 non-repayable bursary in year one of your undergraduate course, and a £1,000 non-repayable bursary in subsequent years of your undergraduate course
  • you may be eligible for the 365-day accommodation guarantee, meaning you can have university accommodation all year for the duration of your undergraduate course. You may also have the opportunity to apply for the UNITE accommodation scholarship
  • if you receive the UWE Cares bursary, you’ll also get a £500 non-repayable graduation bursary when you graduate
  • a dedicated students' union UWE Cares Society and other social events throughout the year
  • a regular newsletter to help you access information, support and opportunities across the university
  • transition, welcome and graduation events and exciting opportunities to develop by meeting senior UWE staff and attending external training and conferences.

Full information can be found on our website:

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our lovely university!

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

UWE Bristol actively welcomes applications from care leavers.

We understand that going to university is harder if you have little or no family support, so our UWE Cares package of support is there to help. We’re committed to providing you with extra support to help you succeed on your course – from application to graduation.

Drop us an email at if you have questions about anything to do with coming to university. We’re here to help and support you.

There is lots of support on offer for care leavers at UWE Bristol, including a designated point of contact for queries and concerns, weekly drop-ins and monthly newsletters to help you access information and support, a PAL Mentor to help you settle in, meet people and gain confidence and employment skills, and regular social events throughout the year.

We offer a bursary, accommodation 365 days a year, and a designated career coach to help you reach your goals.

We're really nice and want to help you, so please email us with any queries.

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