At Essex we are committed to supporting all our students who have the merit and
potential to succeed throughout their university experience, regardless of background.
If you have lived in care and you are looking to study at Essex, or you are already
studying with us, there is support available for you.
As at other universities, Essex has a number of students who are care leavers
and who enjoy successful educational experiences with us. We are aware that higher
education can be daunting at first and this is why we want you to know exactly what
support is available for you and how you can access this.
Definitions (based on Office for Students definitions)
Care leaver: A young person aged 16-25 years old who has been ‘looked after’ for at least 13 weeks by a local authority at some point since they were 14 years old, and were in care on or after their sixteenth birthday.
Care experienced: A broad definition which encompasses all those who have spent time in care during childhood. Many will not be classed as care leavers because they left care (through, for example, adoption or returning to their family) before their sixteenth birthday."
Thinking about university?
Our Outreach Team offers a range of
activities and events designed to highlight the benefits of higher education.
provides information and support to care leavers wishing to apply for university. The Rees Foundation Charity may be able to provide financial support, advice and guidance.
Preparing for university
Before you start your undergraduate degree, get ahead of the game and register
with Essex 101 for essay-writing advice,
reference-writing support and help with your revision.
While you are at university
Your Student Services Hub offers advice and guidance
on a range of issues, such as changing your course, financial matters, impartial money management and
debt advice. You can request an appointment with a specialist adviser.
You can ask them about financial support available, such as:
Care leavers’ grant of £2,000 from your Local Authority
The Wellbeing Team is also here to provide ongoing emotional
support to students studying at Essex. In addition, every student at Essex is allocated a
personal tutor and has access to a
Please contact the Student Services Hub if you would like a named specialist adviser who you can talk with about any concerns and support needs you have during your studies.
When applying for on-campus accommodation as a first year undergraduate student, you will have the opportunity to
select either a 39 week or 50 weeks contract duration length.
If you are eligible you can
also apply to stay in on-campus accommodation for your returning years of study; where this is approved accommodation
you will not be required to vacate the accommodation for the two weeks bridging the academic years. However, it is likely you may be required to move to a new room.
The Application for Individual Needs Accommodation – CARE LEAVER
form for continuing students only is available from Student Support.