Here at Staffordshire University we're committed to supporting students who come from a care background as well as those with little or no family support. We’ve signed up to the Stand Alone Pledge to publicly declare our support for estranged students. We'll provide you with support and guidance throughout your studies and after you graduate.
We support UK undergraduate students who either:
A young person under the age of 25 when they enrol onto a course at Staffs who:
If you’re not sure if this applies to you or are unsure what you may be eligible for please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you've not yet been assessed by Student Finance and would like support with this please contact us at email@example.com
We’re committed to helping you succeed with your studies. Our aim is to help you settle in and make the most of the many opportunities Staffs has to offer.
Before you start your studies
We’ll support you with:
During your studies
We have dedicated contacts for advising care leavers and estranged students who are members of the Student Guidance Team and available via the Student Hub at Stoke and the Information Points at Stafford and Shrewsbury. These specialist members of staff are available to help with your questions about coming to study at Staffordshire University.
There are many complex challenges that we as a University recognise you may be facing which may be different from other students. Commencing a course at University is both an exciting and stimulating experience, but can also be a time of anxiety and confusion. We can offer ongoing support and impartial advice, and can signpost you to other University and external support services in order to meet your needs during this time.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial chat about what we do and how we can work together if you feel that would be useful.
Access to our Careers and Employability network. Our advisors can help you with everything from CV building and interview training, to getting work experience and temporary jobs from our recruitment and employment agency, Unitemps.
Access to the Employability Fund, which provides support towards things like travel to interviews. You can apply to the Fund for up to 6 months after you graduate.
The opportunity to apply for a job as a Student Ambassador and other jobs advertised through Unitemps and our Students' Union.
On-going careers support even after you graduate.
Accommodation that suits you, including guaranteed accommodation on site for 365 days a year.
On-site support through our Residence Life Mentors who can assist with any queries and will be on hand to help you settle into living in halls of residence.
Support to find good standard affordable private housing through our own lettings’ agency, Greenpad.
If you qualify for ‘home’ fee status and meet the eligibility criteria set out below you’ll be entitled to a cash bursary from the University.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on your year of entry. You’ll receive a bursary for each year you study with us, providing certain eligibility criteria is met.
To receive the bursary, you must:
Students commencing courses in academic year 2020/21 will get a bursary worth £1,000 for each year they study and pay full tuition fees.
This is on top of your normal undergraduate student funding package from Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you’re eligible, you’ll receive the bursary in 2 equal instalments of £500. The first instalment will be paid to you in November and the second in March.
If you ticked the box on your UCAS application or indicated during online enrolment you’re a care leaver, we’ll contact you to confirm your eligibility for the bursary.
Similarly, if you indicated during online enrolment that you’re estranged from your parents we’ll contact you and ask you to set up a consent to share with Student Finance so we can confirm this.
As a Staffs Alumnus you’ll be eligible for the following:
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