Care Leavers Bursary*
The Care Leaver Bursary is available to all eligible ‘home’ students, studying full time and part time on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme. We offer a Care Leaver bursary in each year of study to undergraduate students of £2,000 which is split into 2 payments throughout each academic year. Part-time students will receive a pro-rata payment.
Postgraduate, PhD students and students completing a second degree (including GEM and PGCE) are eligible to receive a postgraduate Care Leaver bursary totalling £1,000 for the duration of your course, which is split into two payments.
*Terms and conditions apply
We understand that you may not have all the basic necessities needed to move into your new accommodation. If you are worried about the cost of purchasing items such as bedding and kitchen essentials, please get in touch.
If you find yourself without a laptop and need to borrow one while you consider your options to source a new one, we have a small supply of laptops for loan and may be able to help. Please get in touch if you feel you need to loan a laptop.
Money Management & Budgeting Sessions
Student Loans are paid in three instalments. As a student this may be the first time you have had to handle such large amounts of money. To help you do this successfully, Money@CampusLife are on hand to provide advice and guidance on budgeting.
Priority Access to Hardship Funds
As a Care Leaver, you have priority access to the Swansea University Opportunity Award. This award is in place to help students who have faced unforeseen financial difficulties. There is no guarantee of an award from the fund, however if granted, it does not have to be repaid.
Year Round Univeristy Accommodation
Swansea University can guarantee you 365 days a year accommodation on campus for your first year at University including Christmas, Easter and summer holidays providing that you apply early enough. Alternatively, we will also help you to find private accommodation in the local area should you need assistance.
As a Care Leaver person, you have access to a named contact through the Library Plus team who can provide support services. For more information, please visit the Library Support page.
Go Wales, Discovery SVS and Swansea Employability Academy Support
Chloe can support you in making connections with Go Wales, Discovery SVS and Swansea Employability Academy.
Go Wales run the Achieve Through Work Experience programme which is an initiative to create work experience opportunities for students on higher education courses in Wales.
Discounted or Free Access to Skills for Life sessions
Skills for Life offer a range of workshops to improve life skills including first aid, barista training and navigation. Each workshop has an allocated number of discounted or free places for Care Leavers. Places are available on a first come first served basis and you’ll have a limited time to book your place.
Access to the Student Ambassador Scheme
As a student, you can apply to become a Student Ambassador. We’ll notify you when applications are open and are happy to help with completing an application and preparing for an interview.