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Young people from Care

Young people who have been in the care of local authorities are an under-represented population in higher education. However, increasing numbers are entering universities and at Reading we have established a number of mechanisms to provide additional support.

  • There is a single point of contact who students may contact about any issue that arises both before and after admission. This is Beth Forbes ( Head of Customer Services Beth is based in the Carrington Building.
  • Students from Care will receive a £1,000 additional annual bursary from the University on top of the standard £1,000 annual bursary for students from households whose income is less than £25,000.
  • A start up package is available for Part 1 students comprising essential items, i.e. bedding, pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, etc. These can be collected from Carrington Building Helpdesk.
  • Meet and greet service on "move in" day.
  • A personalised appointment with the Student Financial Support Team to discuss finances.
  • Free Gown hire for graduation on successful completion of course.

In your role as personal tutor it is important to remember that not all students have supportive families to influence, guide and show an interest in how they are getting on. This applies to a wider range of students than those from Care. Aspects of the personal tutor role such as regularly checking in with students and showing an interest in their academic and personal development are particularly important to ensuring the retention and success of students from a Care background.

Foyer Students*

Students who join the University from a Foyer residence will be entitled to the same support as those who have been in the care of local authorities.

* Foyers provide short-term accommodation for 16-25 year olds who are homeless or in housing need. Foyer accommodation is linked to education, training and employment. Duration of stay is usually up to two years, although the average length of stay is 9-12 months. Some foyers can be contacted directly by young people wishing to refer themselves but others will only accept referrals from local authorities.

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