University of Cumbria

Rachael Boyce

Widening Participation Access Officer
01228 616298
rachael.boyce@cumbria.ac.uk

The information on this page was last updated on 18 January 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.

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 – Rachael Boyce 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. We offer money advice and support prior to joining us at the university and throughout your time studying. Our dedicated team are always on hand to offer support and help you cope financially whilst studying at university. 

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.

131 courses

Course information from Discover Uni was last updated in December 2020

Adult Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Adult Nursing In Lancaster
BSc
Adult Nursing In Barrow-in-Furness
BSc
Adventure Tourism In Ambleside Foundation
FDArts
BSc
BSc
Applied Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
BSc
Assistant Practitioner in Health and Social Care In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Foundation
FdSc
Assistant Practitioner in Health and Social Care In Barrow-in-Furness Foundation
FdSc
Biomedical Sciences In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
BSc
Business Management In Lancaster
BA
BA
Children's Nursing In Lancaster
BSc
Children's Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Creative Writing In Carlisle - Brampton Road
DipHE
Creative Writing In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Criminology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Criminology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Criminology with Applied Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Criminology with Forensic Investigation In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Diagnostic Radiography In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Diagnostic Radiography In Lancaster
BSc
Education Studies In London
DipHE
Education Studies In London
BA
English Literature In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
English Literature In Carlisle - Brampton Road
DipHE
English Literature In Ambleside
BA
English Literature In Ambleside
DipHE
Film and Television In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Fine Art In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Fine Art (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Forensic Science In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
BSc
Forest Management In Ambleside
BSc
Forest Management (with placement) In Ambleside Sandwich year
BSc
Forestry In Ambleside Foundation
FdSc
Forestry In Ambleside Part time Foundation
FdSc
Games Design In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
BA
Geography In Ambleside
BSc
Geography (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Graphic Design In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
BA
BSc
Health and Social Care In Lancaster
BSc
Health and Social Care In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Healthcare Science In Lancaster
BSc
Illustration In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
BA
Law In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
LLB
Law (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
LLB
Mental Health Nursing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Mental Health Nursing In Lancaster
BSc
Microbiology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Microbiology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Midwifery In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Nursing Associate In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Foundation
FdSc
Nursing Associate In Lancaster Foundation
FdSc
Nursing Associate In Barrow-in-Furness Foundation
FdSc
Occupational Therapy In Lancaster
BSc
Occupational Therapy In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Outdoor Leadership In Ambleside
BA
Paramedic Science In Ambleside
BSc
Photography In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Photography (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Physiotherapy In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Part time
BSc
Physiotherapy In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Primary Education (3-11) with QTS In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BA
BSc
Professional Policing In Lancaster
BSc
Professional Policing In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Project Management In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Project Management In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Foundation
FdSc
Project Management In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Part time Foundation
FdSc
Psychology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Psychology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
BSc
Social Work In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BA
Sport Rehabilitation In Lancaster
BSc
Teaching and Learning In Lancaster
BA
Theatre and Performance In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
Wildlife Media In Carlisle - Brampton Road
BA
BA
Working with Children and Families In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BA
Zoology In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Zoology (with integrated foundation year) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street
BSc
Zoology (with placement) In Carlisle - Fusehill Street Sandwich year
BSc