Here at Staffordshire University we're committed to supporting students who come from a care background and students without the support of a family network. If you're estranged or a care leaver and you're considering coming to Staffordshire University or you already are a student here, we'll provide you with a package of support that'll help you throughout your time at University.
The dedicated contacts for advising care leavers and estranged students are Ann Clowes and Ben Granville who are members of the Student Guidance Team and available via the Student Hub at Stoke and the Information Points at Stafford and Shrewsbury. Ann and Ben 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.
You are welcome to get in touch with Ann & Ben from the Student Guidance Team, email email@example.com to arrange an initial chat about what we do and how we can work together if you feel that would be useful.
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What is a Care leaver?
A care leaver is defined as a person aged 25 or under, who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who was looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date.
What is an estranged student?
The term 'estranged student' is used to refer to young students who are studying without the support of a family network. ... Students who are estranged have no communicative relationship with either of their living biological parents and often their wider family networks as well. You will be under the age of 25 and have been assessed as estranged with Student Finance.
How do I inform the University that I am a Care leaver?
Staffordshire University will know that you are a care leaver if you have ticked the box on the UCAS form to disclose that you have been in care. If you have not ticked the box but you are a care leaver please make contact with the student guidance team at firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will be able to advise further and provide ongoing support throughout the application process.
How do I inform the University that I am estranged?
You will need to show the University your confirmation from student finance that you are estranged, alternatively you can set up a “consent to share” with student finance so that a member of staff can call student finance to confirm your estrangement. If you have not been assessed by student finance as estranged but believe you should be please contact our student guidance advisors at email@example.com so they can ensure you receive the appropriate support.
What support do I receive as a care leaver or estranged student?
The dedicated contacts for advising student care leavers and estranged students are the Student Guidance Team. With your consent, we can also work alongside your Leaving Care Team to introduce you to university life and what to expect during those first few weeks on campus.
Starting a course at university is both an exciting and challenging experience. We can offer ongoing support and impartial advice and can put you in contact with other support services.
Am I entitled to any other financial support?
You may be eligible for a care leaver bursary, for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
We can guide you through the UCAS application process and know exactly who to contact at the University if you need advice on finance, accommodation, learning or disability support. With your consent, we can also work alongside your Leaving Care Team to introduce you to University life and what to expect during those first few weeks on campus.
You can be confident that you will be treated as an individual and empowered to participate fully and successfully within University life.
What Accommodation support will I have?
Our standard contract is for 39 weeks of the academic year calendar and there is always the opportunity to extend your stay for the full 52 weeks if you wish. It’s really easy as we open applications for students to extend their contract before the end of the 39 week academic year, and we will contact you to let you know that you can apply for an extension.
Please help us by advising us that you are a care leaver or estranged student when you are applying for accommodation. Just pop a note in one of the text boxes where we ask you for any information that will help us with your accommodation application
To find out more visit: www.staffs.ac.uk/accommodation
For students who want to live off-campus and rent a local property, plenty of private accommodation is available. To make sure that you are going to be renting a quality home, Staffordshire University Students' Union runs a lettings agency called GreenPad .
Find out more at: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/support_depts/accommodation/stoke/private-landlord-accommodation/index.jsp.
What Career and Employability Support will I receive?
You will have the opportunity to apply for a job as a student ambassador of the University and other jobs advertised through Unitemps and the Students Union. The careers team will be able to help you with your applications and interview technique and you’ll get all the training once you’ve successfully been recruited.
All of our students have access to our careers network. They will do everything to help you not just onto the careers ladder, but up it too. Everything from CV building, interview training and assessment tools, to work shadowing opportunities and the chance to get work experience and temporary jobs from our recruitment and employment agency, UniTemps.
The Careers Network also grants you access to the Employability Fund. A helping hand towards things like travel to interviews for up to six months after you graduate.
What support will I receive once I Graduate?
As a Staffordshire University Alumni you will be eligible for Alumni discount against a postgraduate qualification. You can also receive career advice for up to 3 years after you graduate.
All Staffordshire university Alumni’s can also have access to IT and Library membership for an annual fee.