Undergraduate

Care Leaver Bursaries

Care Leaver Bursaries

If you're a care leaver and interested in joining us, we can support you financially with a scholarship.

Undergraduate care leavers

We offer a range of support to students who are care leavers. If you have experienced Local Authority Care for a period at least three months during the 10 years before entering Newcastle University you will receive financial support of at least £2,000 per year.

This would usually be through our Opportunity Scholarships

If you do not receive this award on entry to the University, please contact us to discuss this further.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for at least £2,000 per year you must:

  • register as a student of Newcastle University for the academic year in which we consider you for the scholarship
  • have been in care, or under a Care Order, for at least three months during the 10 years before starting your course
  • not have been living independently for longer than five years prior to starting university
  • have applied for the maximum statutory funding from the Student Loans Company unless supported by other public funds for these costs (eg fees)
  • include in your application a copy of all pages of your funding entitlement letter from Student Finance England (or equivalent) for the year in which you apply for the bursary

The University base these criteria on their experience and on consultation with colleagues in other universities and Local Authority Leaving Care Teams.

The University will consider exceptional cases that do not meet these criteria on an individual basis. Newcastle University's decision on all applications will be final.

Contact us

For more information please contact either of the University's care leaver contacts:

Anna Jenner
Student Recruitment Manager
Newcastle University
King's Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
Telephone: 0191 208 8855

Louise Harrison
Student Recruitment Coordinator
Newcastle University
King's Gate 
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
Telephone: 0191 208 5527