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.

Experience Uni residential

Tuesday 14 - Wednesday 15 August 2018

UEA is excited to host another free residential event especially for young people with experience of living in care.If you have any questions or if you experience issues with the application form, contact Liz by email or on 01603 591960.

Application guidance notes 2018

Online application form

What happens during the Experience Uni residential?

  • You'll spend a day exploring UEA and stay overnight in your own student study bedroom, followed by a second day visiting Norwich University of the Arts
  • 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 three of these fun and inspiring events during 2016 and 2017, 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 before applying...

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 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)


Advice from university students with care experience

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



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 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.

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 students with care experience to 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.