Care experienced and looked after young people

The one thing that students comment most about at the University of Stirling is the sense of community. As one of the smaller sized universities in Scotland students from all different backgrounds comes 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, gain support from the disability team or simply go to the Students’ Union and introduce yourself.

How do I find out about university?

Get in touch – it is as easy as that!

Meet the team

Tracey is the adviser for Care Experienced students and their supporters.  All contact is confidential and impartial and, with your permission, we will help smooth the transition by putting you in contact with the right people in to ensure you get the support you need.

Tracey Kerr – 01786 467045

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Come and see what it is like

If you can, we recommend that you come and see us. We can arrange individual visits for you and a friend, adviser or parent/guardian to introduce you to the university and answer any questions you may have. You may want to find out more about a particular subject, get advice about your qualifications or find out what specific support you could receive. Maybe you just want to see the campus. All you have to do is email us and we will do the rest.

Open Day / Applicant Day

Most students will come to an Open Day. This is a large event where the university opens its doors and welcomes in excess of 3,000 people on campus in a day. It includes subject specific sessions and information sessions and stands on everything from finance and accommodation to student life. Just register online and we will tell you everything you need to know.

Applicant Days are run for those students who have been made an offer by the university. This is like a smaller, and more dedicated, version of an Open Day with around 1,000 people on campus each day. Applicant Days help you see what life as a student in a particular subject would be like, including information on degree programmes, the chance to meet staff and students in your subject area, and to find out more about the practical side of student life.

If you are coming on your own to either of these events, or are unsure of what to do on the day, get in touch once you have registered online and we can make sure you get the most out of your visit –

For more information on these, and other ways to visit the university, go to our 'Visit Us' pages.

What support can I get?

We support anyone thinking of coming to university all the way through to graduation and beyond. Listed below are the main types of support offered to students from a care background.

Pre-application and transition support

Our advisers will provide information, advice and guidance to anyone interested in applying to university. This can include help to choose a course, to find the right route into university or even how to write a personal statement. This support extends through the application process and into making the transition into university and your first weeks on campus.


Open Days and Applicant Days

These days can get quite busy, and may seem quite daunting if you have not been to one before, but in reality the atmosphere on campus is warm and friendly, and everyone is there to help you get the most out of the day. If you would like 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 us -

University student support

There is a range of support provided to make sure you enjoy your time at university: -

  • Accommodation - students with a care background can take advantage of a guarantee of accommodation on campus throughout their time at university, including during the holidays. In addition our Accommodation team are happy to provide one-to-one support.
  • Finance - we would advise students to make contact with our Student Money Advisers as soon as possible, even before you begin your studies with us. Our advisers can help you to budget, manage your money and advise you on any additional sources of finance you may be entitled to.
  • 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 might need and help you to access it.
  • Personal tutor - personal tutors help students feel part of the university community. They are your first point of contact for everything from academic guidance to personal advice throughout your studies.
  • STEER - our peer mentoring programme offers one-to-one support from a current student within your subject or division 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 student volunteers who are on hand to talk through any issues you may face whilst at university.

Where do I get help? 

If you would 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 - Care experienced students information

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 up to the age of 25. Become provides similar support to young people from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together they have developed a really useful website which provides really useful guides for anyone thinking about going to either university or college - Propel website.

Financial Support

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

Contact Us Tracey Kerr Widening Participation Team International and Student Recruitment
University of Stirling
+44 (0)1786 467045
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