Activities for Looked After Children and recent Care Leavers Activities for Looked After Children and recent Care Leavers

"University was the first time in my life where I actually felt someone believed in me and that I was good enough to do something. Accepting my place was the best decision I ever made!" - Care Leaver studying at the University of East Anglia

The University recognises that Looked After Children and Care Leavers face a number of significant challenges on the path to higher education. We are strongly committed to ensuring that this group is encouraged and supported in overcoming any difficulties.

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Experience Uni residential event 2017

Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 August

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In 2016 UEA hosted two exciting and fun residential events especially for looked after children and care leavers. We are delighted to confirm our plans for a third event in Summer 2017, in partnership with City College Norwich and University of Suffolk.

Students can spend a day exploring UEA and a night in student accommodation, followed by a second day visiting City College Norwich. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out about Higher Education options in your area.

The first two Experience Uni events were held in April and August 2016, and 100% of attendees said that they would recommend the events to a friend.

Children in care are encouraged to attend all of our activities, but this residential trip offers a special opportunity for these young people to experience student life together. These events are held across two days, with a night in UEA accommodation. All transport, accommodation and food is free.

Contact Liz Ferguson ( / 01603 591960) if you have any questions. 

"I never expected this trip to be so fun. I think the future starts at uni... Thank you for the amazing experience! I would love to come again!" (Year 10 attendee, April 2016)

Contact us

The designated contact for Care Leavers at UEA is Jane Amos, Head of Student Services. Contact Jane at or 01603 593701.

For information about taster visits, residential events and other pre-university outreach and enrichment activities contact Liz Ferguson, Outreach Officer at or 01603 591960.

Inclusion and targeted events

We welcome Looked After Children and Care Leavers at any of our outreach and enrichment events. We encourage children from care to come forward to take part in these activities, including university taster visits and residential events over the summer months.

We are keen to work with foster carers, social workers, teachers and other stakeholders to create bespoke aspiration-raising events for Looked After Children. The University will cover the cost of transport and subsistence for all events involving children in care.

We are happy to work with small groups, including providing tours and information to individual students.

For more information about aspiration-raising activities at our University contact Liz using the details above.

Financial support

The University is committed to ensuring that Looked After Children are able to access Higher Education, and offers a specific bursary for Care Leavers to reflect this commitment. Further information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.

Open Day Travel Fund

This fund is designed to help Looked After Children attend one of the University's Open Days, by reimbursing your transport costs to and from the event. If you have any queries or would like to apply to the fund please contact Liz using the details above, or visit the Travel Fund webpage for more information.