Care experienced students

We’re committed to ensuring that care experienced students can access and succeed at the University of Bristol. From thinking about applying through to graduation we can offer support and guidance to help you have a successful university experience.

If you’re considering university you can get in contact with Zaynab Hamdi, who can offer advice throughout the application process. We run events to help you and your support network find out more about university, and prioritise applications from care experienced students in our outreach projects.

Current University of Bristol students can contact Maria Tottle, our dedicated care experienced student contact, who can offer 1:1 advice, support and coaching throughout your time here. Maria can signpost you to additional support around the University and help you to work through any challenges or concerns you may have. 

Kinship care

If you have been brought up by a relative or friend through a formal arrangement (e.g. fostering or Special Guardianship Order) – you are considered as living ‘in care’ and are typically eligible for support as a care leaver.

If your kinship care arrangements are informal (i.e. you are not considered ‘in care’) you may still be eligible for support as an estranged student.


We understand that in the current situation you may be feeling anxious and uncertain about what is happening. The University is here to support you during this difficult time. It’s also important to note that the University is still open but operating in different ways for some services and buildings. Find the latest information on our Coronavirus page
Maria, our dedicated care leaver and estranged student contact, is able to provide you with support and guidance. She is contactable by email or via Skype for Business. Maria will be sending regular updates, as well as opportunities to stay in touch with her and with each other. To make sure you receive these emails please complete our support for care leavers and estranged students form.

Support from your Local Authority

If you have spent any time in care after your 16th birthday, then it is very likely that you will be entitled to support from Children’s Services as a care leaver, up until at least your 25th birthday.

However, it can be very complicated to know exactly what support you should be getting from Children’s Services. 

View Coram Voice's handy guide to the support you can expect from your Local Authority.

Over 21?

If you are aged 21 or over, please read our mature students pages to find out about mature student events or contact our Mature Students' Adviser (

Sign up for our South West Universities Care Leavers Consortium Newsletter here

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