Care leavers

Loughborough welcomes all care leavers who have the desire and potential to succeed in higher education.

We will provide encouragement and motivation throughout your studies and help to ease worries about finance and accommodation with bespoke support packages.

So, what is on offer?

Financial support (the Care Leaver Bursary and the Loughborough Scholarship Programme (2020 entry)/the Loughborough University Bursary (2021 entry)
Support while studying
Designated contact
52-week accommodation
Opportunities for paid work as a student ambassador

But that’s not all, local authorities have also prepared a range of support packages such as Become and NNECL; charities that are devoted to help children who come from a care background. Be sure to check out Propel too – this will give you, as a prospective care leaver student, more information about who to contact for pre-application support.

Like all students, we advise care leavers to do their research, and the Loughborough University prospectus is a great place to start. Consider what school you’re most interested in and if at all possible, come and visit our campus on one of our Open Days. Teachers, friends, carers/guardians and social workers are all available to help you make the best choices. You can also refer to our resources webpages for more trusted information.

Student Experience: Vannessa

Watch our short film to hear all about Vanessa's journey into Higher Education and how she is making the most of her student experience.

For children in the East Midlands (Year 7 – Year 11) who are in care and considering going to university, we offer experience days that are designed to provide participants with an insight into student life at Loughborough. We aim to spark their interest by allowing them to explore specific subject areas. These days can be tailored to suit multiple age ranges and booked for a mutually convenient time. Get in touch for further information.

When applying to study at Loughborough University, we encourage care leavers to declare their time in care on the UCAS application or to contact us.

Extensive Student Services

At Loughborough, we recognise that all of our students are unique. In response to this, our experienced and specially trained Student Services team offer a varied package of support which is open to all. Provision is divided up into key areas so students can contact the team who are best placed to help with the situation. 

This includes academic support, counselling and a warden service to name but a few. Please refer to the Student Services webpages to access the full catalogue of support options.

Inspiring Minds

Our School College Liaison team run a series of events for that provide participants with taster lectures, workshops and seminars on a chosen subject area. Led by our academic staff, we want Year 12-13 students to explore potential degree courses and to understand what career routes are possible. These events also offer students the opportunity to receive dedicated support with UCAS applications and personal statements. Registrations of interest can be made online, where you’ll also find further information about the programme.