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.

Watch our short animated film put into words by current university students from the region. 


Experience Uni residential events

Application guidance notes for 2017 available here (will be updated for future events).

In 2016 & 2017 UEA hosted three exciting and fun residential events especially for looked after children and care leavers. These events were arranged in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, City College Norwich and University of Suffolk.

Students spent a day exploring UEA and spent a night in student accommodation, followed by a second day visiting a second Higher Education Institution. These were great opportunities to meet new people and find out about Higher Education options in the region.

100% of attendees at all three events said that they would recommend it to a friend.

Children in care are encouraged to attend all of our activities, but these residential trips offered a special opportunity for these young people to experience student life together. All transport, accommodation and food was provided free of charge. We hope to repeat the Experience Uni residential again in 2018.

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!" (Attendee, 2016)

"I feel I understand more about university life and my interested subject area." (Attendee, 2017)

"I think everything was brilliant. I will go on to further study and enjoy every minute." (Attendee, 2017)

Contact us

The designated contact for Care Leavers at UEA is Wendy Bainham, Senior Student Financial Advisor. Contact Wendy at or 01603 593184.

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.