Looked after children and care leavers

We offer a range of support for young people in care and those leaving the care system.


If you are a student applying to the University of Sussex who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since your 14th birthday, we support you to make your transition to higher education as smooth as possible, and give you stability while you study.

If you tick the 'in care' box on your UCAS application we will contact you about our support package, which includes:

  • a Care Leavers' Bursary of £3,000 cash for every year of study and a £500 study grant
  • priority for a Hardship Fund in the event of any financial difficulties
  • a guaranteed room in University-managed accommodation for your entire course, including all holidays for 52 weeks a year.

Staff support

You can receive special consideration by admissions staff on results day and support from other Sussex staff at different stages in your study, including:

StageStaff contact

Melinda Lowing


01273 678865


Lynn O'Meara, Care Leavers' Adviser


01273 873925

Careers advice

Vicky Raynard, Care Leavers' Careers Consultant


01273 873378

See the Buttle website for more information.

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