Committed to ensuring that looked after children are encouraged and supported Committed to ensuring that looked after children are encouraged and supported

"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. However, we are strongly committed to ensuring that this group is encouraged and supported in overcoming any difficulties.

Buttle UK Quality Mark

In August 2009, the University was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education, in recognition of the support and encouragement we offer to Looked After Children and Care Leavers throughout the higher education life cycle. This was valid for three years, and The University's Quality Mark was re-awarded again in 2012 for another three years.


The University welcomes Looked After Children to any of our events. We encourage you to put children from care forward to be included in these activities. For more information on the activities we run, please see the links in the left hand column for young people pre- and post- 16s.

Targeted events

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 LAC events

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

 Open Day Travel Fund

This fund is designed to help Looked After Children attend one of the University's Open Days, buy reimbursing your transport costs to and from the event. See the documents linked below for more information about eligibility and how to apply. If you have any queries about the fund please contact us at or 01603 591960.

Travel Fund guidance notes

Application form

 Financial Support

The University is committed to ensuring that Looked After Children are able to access Higher Education, and have announced a support package, which reflects this commitment. Further information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.