Care experienced students

We’re committed to ensuring that care experienced students can succeed at the University of Bristol. We offer support and guidance from applying through to graduation.

If you’re considering university, you can contact Josh Shapland in our Widening Participation Team, who can offer advice throughout the application process. We run events to help you and your support network find out more about university, and prioritise applications from care experienced students in our outreach projects.

If you're a current Bristol student, you can contact Maria Tottle, our dedicated care experienced student contact, who can offer 1:1 advice, support and coaching throughout your time here. Maria can signpost you to additional support around the University and help you work through any challenges or concerns you may have. 

Events and support for current students

Complete our support for care leavers and estranged students form to receive our email bulletin and updates. 

Events for current students are listed on the University Events Calendar. You can also contact Maria directly to find out about events for current students.

Kinship care

If you have been brought up by a relative or friend through a formal arrangement (for example, fostering or a Special Guardianship Order) you are considered as living ‘in care’ and are typically eligible for support as a care leaver.

If your kinship care arrangements are informal (that is, you are not considered ‘in care’) you may be eligible for support as an estranged student.

Support from your Local Authority

If you have spent time in care after your 16th birthday, it is likely you will be entitled to support from Children’s Services as a care leaver, up until at least your 25th birthday.

It can be complicated to understand what support you are entitled to. View Coram Voice's guide to the support you can expect from your Local Authority.

Over 21?

If you are aged 21 or over, please read our mature students pages to find out about mature student events or contact our Mature Students' Adviser (

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