Estranged students

The University of Bristol is committed to supporting students who don’t have support from a family network. We want you to feel safe, supported, and able to reach your potential, and we have a comprehensive support package for students who are estranged from their families.

If you’re considering university you can get in contact with Katie Whalley in the Outreach Team who can offer support throughout the application process. We run events to help you find out more about university, and prioritise applications from estranged students in our outreach projects.

If you are an estranged student at the University or would like to find out more information about the support available you can contact Maria Tottle who is available for 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. 

Phone: 0117 331 0631
Email: Maria.Tottle@bristol.ac.uk

How do we define an estranged student?

We define an estranged student as a young person, under the age of 25, who has limited/sporadic or no contact with either of their biological/legally adopted parents and is therefore studying without the support or approval of their parents/family network.

Student Finance will classify you as an independent student if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive or only living parents for a significant period (usually 12 months prior to the start of your course) and do not expect this to change.

If your personal circumstances don’t meet the above definitions (for example, if you are considering estrangement or living with siblings or friends) please do get in contact with us as we’d be happy to talk to you about the support available.

Have you been in care?

If you have been in local authority care, you may be considered a ‘care leaver’ rather than estranged. Please see our information for care leavers about the support available to you.

Helping you thrive

You can find information about support, financing your studies and accommodation options as an estranged student at the University of Bristol below.

Coronavirus

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.

Read our Stand Alone Pledge

Sign up for our bulletin

If you would like to receive a regular bulletin from Maria, the contact for estranged students, please fill in this short form with your details. Details will only be used to send you a bulletin (approximately once a month) and will not be shared with anyone outside the team. Register for a regular bulletin
 
The bulletin will include information about any socials for care leaver and estranged students, opportunities such as internships, university related activities and occasional work or research opportunities from outside the University.
 
Your details will be kept in a password protected document on the University sharepoint and will not be shared with any third parties. We will keep this until the end of the academic year, at which point we will ask you if you would like to remain on the mailing list for the following academic year.
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