Care leavers

The HE Guidance Officers in the Transitions Team are the designated staff at DMU to offer additional support, advice and information to care leavers.

We work closely with local authorities and other agencies to facilitate a smooth transition to DMU.  We would strongly advise you to make contact with the Transitions Team before coming to DMU to ensure that you and your support worker are aware of the support available. You can contact Melissa Page or Pauliina Keinanen by email at or telephone (0116) 257 7872/7605. 

Applying to university

September - October

Students register on the UCAS website and start to make their university choices. It's a good idea to have made a draft of your personal statement over summer and see if there are any gaps. This will give you some time to take on extra activities to enrich your statement. Make sure you have attended university Open Days - if you would like to have a chat with a member of the Transitions Team during one of DMU's Open Days then please contact us.

November - March

Offers will start to be made, these may be:

  • Unconditional offer – application has been accepted and a place has been allocated
  • Conditional offer – application will be accepted and a place allocated, provided that certain exam results are met
  • Rejection – unsuccessful application

You may be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process.


UCAS deadline

February - March

Start to apply for your student funding. You can do this before you have secured an offer of a place at university

Care Leavers Bursary

When you apply to university through UCAS there is a tick box asking if you have ever spent any time in care.  It is important that you tick this box as it enables DMU to identify any care leaver who may be eligible for a £1,000 a year bursary. If you tick the UCAS box the Transitions Team will contact you with information about the bursary and further support available. 

UNITE Foundation Scholarship

The UNITE Foundation Scholarship offers a free place in halls for students who have experienced barriers in progressing to higher education.  Students from local authority care are a priority group for this Scholarship and we would encourage you to apply. For more information and to download an application form please visit the scholarship webpage. If you would like any advice or help completing the form please contact the Transitions Team. 


We offer accommodation 365 days a year for care leavers, to help with accommodation over the long summer vacation period. You may not wish to stay in halls over the summer and we can help you to explore your options.

Designated Careers Advice

At DMU we have a designated adviser from the careers team for care leavers. Her name is Sang Townsley. 

Sang has substantial experience of working with students from a care background, having previously worked as the Project Manager for the Way Ahead Project in Leicester. One of the aims of the project was to raise the aspiration and attainment of young people from care and encourage applications to Higher Education.

Sang can offer individual careers, information and advice. You will also be signposted to a range of services and support offered by the Careers and Employability team.

You can contact Sang or the team via the Student and Academic Services in Gateway House or by email on

Care professionals

We offer a free training day for care professionals, delivered around the same time as the national Foster Carers Fortnight. The event covers a wide range of topics including the benefits of study, applying for student finance and what support a care leaver can expect.

This year's Care Professionals Training was entitled 'A Rough Guide to Higher Education' and took place on 15 May 2018. For more information, or to be added on our mailing list, email, or call us on 0116 2577872 / 7605 / Melissa or Pauliina.

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