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UCL launches Care Leavers Bursary for undergraduate students

25 September 2013

In 2009 UCL was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of our commitment to supporting students from a care leaving background, both through our widening participation activities and while they're at UCL.

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To extend our support for care leavers, we have now launched a Care Leaver's Bursary for eligible undergraduate students.

UCL recognises that students who come from a care leaving background can face particular challenges while at university that their peers are less likely to face; one of which is funding their way through university. UCL has set up the UCL Care Leavers Bursary to enable and encourage students who live in or have lived in local authority care to pursue their undergraduate studies at UCL.

Awards are available to first-year undergraduates starting in the 2013/14 academic session for an initial three-year period. The successful recipients of this bursary will be awarded £1,000 per annum for the duration of their programme at UCL subject to satisfactory academic progress. (The bursary will be paid in addition to any funding received through the main UCL Bursary/NSP schemes).

Students who have indicated on their UCAS form that they have been in care will be contacted by UCL with further details of how to apply for the UCL Care Leavers Bursary. Any students who haven't indicated on their UCAS form that they have been in care are still eligible for the UCL Care Leavers Bursary and are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Care Leavers Bursary, including eligibility requirements, please visit this link:


More information on the Buttle UK Quality Mark can be found by visiting the following link:


If you would more information on the work that UCL does to support Care Leavers and young people in care through our outreach activities, or if you would like to get involved in the work that we do, please contact Lisa Schappert, l.schappert@ucl.ac.uk

Lisa Schappert, Access Manager (Recruitment & Liaison), Widening Participation & UK Undergraduate Recruitment, UCL Registry & Student Services