Care experienced students
The one thing that students talk about the most at the University of Stirling is the sense of community. As one of the smaller sized universities in Scotland students from all different backgrounds come together on a beautiful campus and are able to settle in and make friends easily.
There is student accommodation on and off campus, guaranteed throughout the year for care experienced students, with support and advice close at hand to help you whenever you need it. You can talk to our Money Advisers, get support from the disability team or simply go to the Students’ Union and introduce yourself to the non-traditional student officer.
We have joined other higher education institutions in Scotland in enhancing our support for care experienced students - through offering care experienced applicants who meet minimum entry requirements a guaranteed offer to study with us. See more on the Universities Scotland website.
Our support for care experienced students
We have set out the following areas of targeted commitment for all care experienced students at Stirling:
There's a financial bursary of £500 for care experienced students. There's also no graduation fee and assistance for additional graduation costs such as gown hire. View more information about our discretionary and assistance funds.
365 days accommodation for care experienced students who want to stay on campus during vacation periods. Students can also apply for the Accommodation Enhancement Fund.
Mental health and wellbeing
Each care experienced student will be given a single point of contact to ensure an individualised package of support is implemented, including mental wellbeing support.
Outreach and transition
There's comprehensive pre-application and transition support including help to choose a course, find the right route into university and how to write a personal statement for your application. For more information email email@example.com.
Get in touch – it's as easy as that!
Meet the team
Our Recruitment Team are happy to advise Care Experienced students and their supporters. All contact is confidential and impartial and, with your permission, we'll help make the road into university easier. We'll put you in contact with the right people and make sure you get the support you need.
+44 (0) 1786 467046
We can arrange individual visits for you and a friend, adviser or parent/guardian to let you see the campus, find out more about what we offer, and answer any questions you have. You might want to find out more about a particular subject, get advice about your qualifications or find out what specific support you could receive.
You'll meet with a member of our recruitment team and also talk to one of our care experienced student ambassadors. If we can, we'll also get you to meet with an academic from your subject area so you can find out more about the degree you're interested in.
All you have to do is get in touch and we'll do the rest.
Open Day / Offer Holder Day
Open Days are a great way to find out more about everything to do with university life. A range of information desks are available where you can speak to University staff, academics, and current students. We've a dedicated information stand manned by our widening participation staff who can help you get the most out of the day. You can also talk to some of our care experienced student ambassadors to find out more about their experiences.
If you've been made an offer then you'll be invited to an Offer Holder Day. These are really useful for you and your family and friends even if you live locally or have visited the University campus before. They give you time to ask staff and students about what it is like to study at Stirling and lets you find out all you need to know about the next steps in the application process.
If you're coming on your own to either of these events, or are unsure of what to do on the day, get in touch once you've registered online and we'll make sure you get the most out of your visit.
Pre-application and transition support
Our advisers will provide information, advice and guidance to anyone interested in applying to university. This includes help to choose a course, to find the right route into university or even how to write a personal statement. This might be help throughout the application process, coming to university how to manage your first weeks on campus - or anything else you have questions about.
Open Days and Offer Holder Days
These days can get quite busy, and may seem quite daunting if you've not been to one before. Actually the atmosphere on campus is warm and friendly and everyone is there to help you get the most out of the day. If you want advice on how to get the best out of the day, or even someone to help guide you, all you have to do is register for the event and then get in touch with our advisers.
Student Support Services
Our friendly and welcoming team are your first point of contact for all kinds of support and they would be happy to talk to you at any time - even before you come to university.
We have a named point of contact for care experienced students within the Student Support Services Team who will be able to provide you with a range of support and help you to access other assistance from across the university. If you are a current University of Stirling student you can get in touch with the team by emailing sssSPOC@stir.ac.uk.
Student Support Services can offer a range of services, including:
Accommodation - students from a care background can get guaranteed accommodation on campus throughout their time at university, including during the holidays.
Finance - you should get in touch with our Money Advisers as soon as possible, even before you come to university. They'll help you to budget, manage your money and let you know about any additional sources of finance you could get.
Disability support - our disability advisers offer one-to-one information, support and guidance before you arrive and throughout your time at university to assess what you need and help you to access it.
Personal tutor - personal tutors help students feel part of the university community. They're your first point of contact for everything from academic guidance to personal advice throughout your studies.
STEER - our peer mentoring programme in run by The Students' Union and offers one-to-one support from a current student for your first year of study.
Students’ Union - the Union provides support and guidance on issues ranging from academic to housing to finance; provided by trained staff who are on hand to talk through any issues you may face whilst at university.
The University of Stirling is fully committed to supporting young people who have had experience of care and to fulfilling its corporate parenting responsibilities in compliance with Section 59, Part 9 of The Children’s and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
If you'd like to discuss your options, or talk through what it might be like to come to university, contact our Widening Participation Team who can provide advice online or, if you would prefer, arrange a face-to-face interview.
All the information provided on this webpage can also be downloaded here - Information for care experienced students document.
We are also happy to work with key workers, foster parents, guardians and other support workers to provide any information, advice and guidance we can to help you.
Who Cares? Scotland / Become
Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation that provides a range of advocacy, advice and support services to children and young people with experience of care. Become provides similar support to young people from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together they have developed a really useful website which provides guides for anyone thinking about going to either university or college - Propel website.
The Hub for Success
The Hub for Success can offer support with university and college for anyone with care-experience who lives in Edinburgh, was looked after at any time by City of Edinburgh Council or are studying at one of their partner colleges or universities.
The Hub aims to work together to transform the progression of people in or leaving care, and people with care-experience into further and higher education. Use their contact form to get in touch.
The Student Awards Agency in Scotland have developed a grant to support Scottish students through their higher education journey. You can find more information on their website - Care Experienced Grant.
Students from outside of Scotland should talk to their finance provider in the first instance. Alternatively you could contact our own money advisers who would be happy to help - email firstname.lastname@example.org.