Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Support for students with care experience

If you are a care leaver, or if you have a background in care, we will give you advice and guidance throughout the application process. We will also support you throughout your studies by providing financial assistance, year-round access to University accommodation, or extra support to take part in activities outside the classroom.

In addition, the University has made a commitment through our Contextual Admissions policy to offer a place to any care-experienced applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements for the course to which they have applied, wherever that is possible.

Our pledge to care experienced students

Any care-experienced applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements will be guaranteed an offer. Our minimum entry requirements include subjects at specified grades, and may also include interviews, portfolios and tests, such as UCAT for medicine.  

If you have indicated on your UCAS application that you have been in local authority care, the relevant admissions office will contact you to confirm your eligibility to be considered under the terms of the pledge.

If you do not meet our definition of care experience, or if you do not wish to have your application considered under the terms of the pledge, your application will still be considered through our normal processes.

Support for new students

Once you join the University, we will support you by providing financial assistance, year-round access to University accommodation, or extra support to take part in extra- and co-curricular activities.

Once you have received an offer, Aoife will contact you with information about the support systems available to you at the University.

Support can include 365-day accommodation, and help in accessing available bursaries, grants, or other forms of funding.

Care experienced students will be eligible for the Access Edinburgh Scholarship.

Access Edinburgh Scholarship

We hope to maintain contact with you and continue to support you throughout your university career. This could be through coordinating with other support services within the University on your behalf, promoting extra- and co-curricular opportunities that you could get involved with, or just being on hand to check in with you as you progress through your studies. 

Am I "care-experienced"?

We consider you to be "care-experienced" if you have been looked after by a UK local authority, at any time in your life, in any of the following ways:

Adoption

Many children who are adopted will have been looked after by a local authority before their adoption is arranged, although this is not always the case. For example, when a step-parent adopts the child of their partner, or the adopted child comes from a country outside the UK (inter-country adoption), the child is unlikely to have been in local authority care

Only those who were looked after by a local authority and went on to be adopted will be flagged as care experienced under our Contextual Admissions policy.

Foster care

Foster care provides a family home for children who cannot be looked after by their birth family. Foster care is often temporary, but long term foster care can continue until the young person leaves the care system.

 

Foster care is usually arranged by local authorities, although parents may also make private foster care arrangements.

Only those who have been placed in foster care by a local authority will be flagged as care experienced under our Contextual Admissions policy.

Kinship care

Kinship care is when a child is looked after by their extended family or close friends, rather than by their birth parents. This may be a private arrangement, or the child may have been placed in a formal kinship care arrangement by the local authority.

Only those who have been placed in kinship care by the local authority will be flagged as care experienced under our Contextual Admissions policy.

Residential care

Residential care homes offer children and young people a safe place to live away from their families. Most young people who live in a residential care home will have been assessed as needing to be cared for away from home by the local authority. Young people are placed in residential care on the recommendation of a Children’s Hearing Panel, or on an emergency (short-term) basis to guarantee their safety.

Compulsory Supervision Order with no condition of residence

Where a child or young person is subject, through the Children’s Hearing system, to a Compulsory Supervision Order with no condition of residence, they continue to live at their normal residence (often the family home). This is known as being looked after at home. Social workers and any other relevant support partners must then work closely together, as well as with the child and family, to achieve the objectives of the supervision order.

Compulsory Supervision Order with a condition of residence

 

A child or young person will be cared for away from their normal place of residence, by foster or kinship carers, prospective adopters, in residential care homes, residential schools or secure units if:

  • the child or young person has been through the Children’s Hearing system and is subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order with a condition of residence; or
  • is subject to an order made or authorisation or warrant granted by virtue of  Chapter 2, 3 or 4 of Part II of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995; or
  • is being provided with accommodation under Section 25 (a voluntary agreement); or
  • is placed by a local authority which has made a permanence order under Section 80 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007.

Care leaver

A person aged 25 or under who ceased to be looked after by a local authority on, or at any time after, their sixteenth birthday (Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014).

Continuing care

A care leaver may choose to remain in their care placement up to their 21st birthday (part 11 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014).

 

Contact Aoife

Our Named Contact, Aoife Keenan, is on hand to give advice and support throughout the application process and during your studies.

Aoife Keenan

Widening Participation Officer (Student Life Cycle)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Related links

University of Edinburgh Corporate Parenting Strategy

Who Cares? Scotland