Committed to ensuring that Looked After Children are able to access Higher Education Committed to ensuring that Looked After Children are able to access Higher Education

"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 event - applications now open

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Please read the guidance notes before completing your application.

31 August - 1 September 2016

We're jointly hosting a second residential event specifically for looked after children and care leavers, organised together with Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Suffolk. This follows the first very successful Experience Uni event in Easter 2016, which 100% of attendees said that they would recommend 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.

This is a free two-day event at UEA and NUA, 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 at Uni Experience event, April 2016)

Contact us

The designated contact for Care Leavers at UEA is Linda Shepherd, Deputy Dean of Students. Contact Linda at or 01603 592493. .

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. See the documents linked below for more information about eligibility and how to apply. If you have any queries about the fund please contact Liz using the details above.

Travel Fund guidance notes

Application form