Care Leavers Bursary
We offer a Care Leaver bursary in each year of study to undergraduate students of £2000 which is split into 2 payments throughout each academic year. Part-time students will recieve a pro-rata payment of £1000 in each year of study of their undergraduate course.
Postgraduate and PhD students are eligible to receive a postgraduate Care Leaver bursary which is a one off payment per course of £1000.
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 do get in touch.
Money Management & Budgeting Session
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, we 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.
All year round 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, 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 https://www.swansea.ac.uk/library/student-support/libraryplus/
Go Wales and Swansea Employability Academy Support
Your named contact can support you in making connections with our Go Wales team 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.
Free access to Skills for Life sessions
Skills for Life offer a range of workshops to improve life skills including first aid, sewing and navigation. Each workshop has an allocated number of 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 first year 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. We’ll also be able to refer you to the Manager of the Student Ambassador Scheme within Swansea Employability Academy.
Free membership to Swansea University’s Alumni Association
As part of the Alumni Association, you can benefit from a wide range of services: get in touch with other former students through the Buddy Board; receive news about the University and fellow alumni via regular e-news bulletins and the annual Sail Magazine