Care Leavers

If you’re a care leaver and studying at Bucks, you’ll find plenty of support here to help you get the most out of your time in higher education. We understand the challenges you face, and we’ll support you from before your application right through to graduation and beyond, to help you make the most of your potential.

There’s lots of support you can call on:

  • Care Leaver Bursary for each year of study
  • Help with your university application
  • Help with accommodation
  • Financial support
  • Mentors
  • Access to services within the University
  • Special activities and events designed for care leavers

If you’d like to find out more, please download our care leavers leaflet.

Our student services team can help you through your application. We can give you advice on everything from filling in an application form through to interviews and preparing portfolios, including how to write your personal statement. We can also talk to the accommodation team for you, to help you find a place.

We can provide you with accommodation for the full 365 days of the year. We’ll do everything we can to give you your first choice, depending on what’s available. If you’d like to know more, please call the Accommodation Team on 01494 603 063, or email

Please note, our accommodation support depends on you making Bucks New University your firm choice on your UCAS application. You’ll also need to meet all course entry requirement and have gained an unconditional offer.

You can apply for accommodation from the spring onwards. You’ll automatically get an email, sent to the email address you registered with UCAS. When you apply, please let us know that you’re a care leaver in the notes section in the application form.

Bucks is pleased to provide a Care Leaver Bursary of £1000 per year of full time study to support our students pursuing new opportunities and achieve their full potential.

We offer one-to-one mentoring support if you’re a care leaver. You can ask for a mentor and we’ll assign a member of staff to be a mentor for the time you’re here. They’ll give you support, advice and advocacy and be your first point of contact for any questions you have.

We offer lots of services and support to all our students at the University, including a counselling service, disability service, Students' Union Advice Centre, careers and employability service, multi-faith service, accommodation service and Learning Development Unit.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us for more information.

Owen Lord
Head of Admissions
01494 522 141 ext 5033

Emma Binnie
Head of Students and Wellbeing
01494 522 141 ext 3444