Support for care-experienced students
We provide advice and guidance to help care experienced students through the application process as they can face significant and cumulative barriers to enter higher education.
The Department of Education statistics show that only 6% of young people who are in care aged 16 continue into higher education by the age of 19. People who have spent time in local authority can face cumulative and significant barriers to entering higher education, including lower attainment, lack of positive role models, low expectations from carers and advisers, low aspirations, concerns about being able to afford higher education, lack of information and advice prior to and at the point of application to university, problems with accommodation, low levels of personal and emotional support from professionals, lack of personal support networks, low levels of confidence to self-identify and ask for support pro-actively. Care leavers are therefore a severely under-represented group and improving access for care leavers remains a priority.
The University has a Corporate Parenting responsibility. We provide advice and guidance to help care experienced students through the application process and support once they join University.
The University aims to make an offer of a place to any care experienced applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements (or is predicted to do so) for the course to which they have applied, where this is possible.
Prospective students and offer holders who identify themselves as having been in care on their UCAS application form are contacted and provided with information on the support services available at the University of Edinburgh, including 365-day accommodation, Access Edinbugh Scholarships, and help in accessing available bursaries, grants, or other forms of funding.
We define care experience as any time spent in care at any stage of your life.
Care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as if you were:
- in residential care
- foster care
- kinship care
- looked after at home with a supervision requirement
This includes adopted children who were previously looked after. There is no age restriction on our definition of care experienced. Some support is only available for UK-domiciled students, but we will sign post you to and advise you of any relevant support available.