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.


Sadly, we have taken the decision to cancel this year's on campus summer events in line with the government’s advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Don't worry though, we're working hard on planning alternative online activities that you can take part in from home. We will be in touch with those of you who signed up for summer schools with more information - please keep an eye out for our emails. 

If you didn't sign up for one of our summer schools, but are interested in hearing what we've got planned instead of our on-campus events, head over to our Resources Portal where we'll be posting updates.

What happens during a typical UEA residential visit?

  • You'll spend a day exploring UEA and stay overnight in your own student study bedroom
  • Find out out about Higher Education options in our region
  • Meet university staff and current students
  • Join in subject taster sessions and workshops
  • Meet other young people and take part in social activities
  • Find out more about the courses and careers which interest you
  • Learn about specific support for university students with care experience.

What do students think?

We held five of these fun and inspiring events between 2016-2019, and 100% of attendees said that they would recommend it to a friend.

Why do you run this event?

Children in care are encouraged to attend all of our outreach activities, but these residential trips offered a special opportunity for you to experience student life together. All transport, accommodation and food is provided free of charge.

The University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts and University of Suffolk work in partnership to demonstrate the variety of options available to students in our region.

I want to know more...

Contact Liz Ferguson ( / 01603 591960) if you have any questions at all. Young people, carers, family members, social workers, school staff and others are all encouraged to get in touch.

"I made loads of friends and and also got to gain an insight into what uni is like." (Attendee, 2018)

"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)

"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)

Advice from university students with care experience

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




The designated contact for Care Leavers at UEA is Lucy Smith, Assistant Head of Life & Learning in Student Services. Contact Lucy at

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


We welcome Looked After Children and Care Leavers at any of our outreach and enrichment events. We encourage young people in 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.


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.


This fund is designed to help students with care experience to attend University events, by reimbursing your transport costs. 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.