Advice for Care Leavers

Aston University is proud of the support that we offer to all our students. We are committed to providing support and advice before you come to University through the work of Student Recruitment and Outreach Team. Once you have arrived at Aston support will continue to be provided by Student and Academic Services.

The contact at Aston University for Care Leavers:

The Student Advice Team
The Hub 
Aston University 
Aston Triangle 
Birmingham B4 7ET 

Telephone: 0121 204 4007 
Email: careleavers@aston.ac.uk 

Students newly enrolled at Aston University who have experience of being in care are contacted with information outlining the support that is available during term 1. If we haven't been in contact with you please email us. 

We will understand that you have been in care because you will have indicated this on your UCAS application. If you choose not to share this information with UCAS you can let us know yourself.

The Learning Development Centre is a great source of academic information and advice. This ranges from help preparing for university study to academic support you can access at Aston such as Study Skills. You can also listen to Podcasts about studying and the experiences of some of our students. Perhaps you would like to visit the University on one of our Open Days to get a real feel of what Aston University can offer.

Sometimes you may find that you need extra financial support in cases of unforeseen and unexpected financial hardship we might be able to provide you with financial support help with these costs via the Aston Support Fund

 

We consider applications from care experienced students and students who have lived or do live in temporary accommodation sensitively and will provide assistance in a variety of ways should you need it.

 

Coming to university is a great experience and there will be many opportunities to get involved.  The staff in Student and Academic Services have lots of experience of providing assistance, advice and guidance. 

 

Please contact the Student Advice Team, based in The Hub, for further information.

 

Students can also to access academic support and guidance from the Learning Development Centre. You can attend workshops and receive one-to-one support with a Learning Development Adviser on a range of topics. 

Feedback from students on this service is really positive

There are opportunities for you to relax and have fun with people who share similar interests as you .  Aston Students' Union provides many   opportunities for this through their student clubs and societies including the Aston LGBT+, Aston Fitness Club and Aston Live Music Society to name just a few.  

The Advice and Representation Centre, based in the Student’s Union is another great source of support networks and sources of advice.  

This page outlines help and support from Student Finance England for young people who have been in care will receive.

 

The Student Room, Student Finance Zone is a great source of funding advice. If you would like help and assistance with your application to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland please contact the Hub to speak to the Student Advice Team.

 

Information about Aston University's scholarship, including scholarships for care leavers, is available on our scholarship page.

You might also be eligible for the Unite Foundation Scholarship for care leavers and estranged students which offers up to three years free accommodation in residences owned by Unite Students.

At Aston University we recognise that students who are care leavers or are estranged from their families might face different or additional challenges when coming to university. This can also be the case during the transition to life after graduation. If this applies to you then you may apply for the ‘Aston Support Fund Moving On Grant for Care Leavers and Estranged students’. This grant of £1000 aims to assist you with moving on costs such as rental deposits, relocation costs and the cost of attending your graduation. We don’t want you to feel unsupported by the University as you move into a new stage of your life or miss out on the chance to celebrate your achievements!

If Birmingham is your Local Authority you may be entitled to a one-off Higher Education Bursary of £2,000. Birmingham local authority may also help you with accommodation (rent) costs and travel to and from university.

Other local authorities will have their own support package that they offer young people who have experience of being in care.

This local authority support can be accessed via your Personal Adviser. You may also access a range of other practical support from your adviser and you should keep in touch throughout your studies. 

If you live in Birmingham the contact details are:

18+ Service 
PO Box 16378 
Birmingham B2 2AH 
Tel: 0121 464 1229 

Or search in the Local Authority Directory.

External Links:

 

The student room
  • Become
    Providing help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers so that they can take control of their lives and unleash their potential
Become
  • Propel
    Fully searchable website providing care leavers with information on the support available to them from colleges and universities offering higher education courses across the UK.
Propel
NNECL
  • Standalone
    Supporting People who are estranged from their family or key family member.
Stand alone
  • Coram Voice
    Coram Voice enables and equips children and young people to hold to account the services that are responsible for their care.
Coram Voice
  • Turn2us
    Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
turn2us
  • Rees: The Care Leavers Foundation
    Making modest but vital grants to care leavers aged 18-29 who are in crisis, or who want to take control of their lives and develop new skills.
Rees