Care experienced students

The HE Guidance Officers in the Transitions Team are DMU's designated contacts for offering additional support to care leavers. However, we also want to offer enhanced support to students who do not meet the strict definition of a care leaver.

Some events may have happened while you were still very young, or you may not have all the dates available. If you are not sure whether you might be a care leaver, have a useful Am I a Care Leaver? checker that you can use to find out.

We accept that experience of being in care, in any circumstance, can have long-term effects. Our team is experienced in supporting care leavers, estranged students and students in financial difficulty. Do make contact with the Transitions Team before or after your arrival, so that we can explain what support is available. Even if you initially do not need any extra help, it is good to be clear for the future.

You can contact Melissa Page or Louise Wells by email at or telephone (0116) 257 7872/(0116) 366 4456.


Applying to university

Visit our webpages for more information about how to apply for a course at DMU. You should try to attend a DMU Open Day to help inform your decision on which course to study.


DMU Support Fund for current students

The DMU Support Fund is now open to applications for 2023/24. In 2023/24, we will make an award from the Support Fund for any full-time, UG home student with care experience who can provide evidence of being in care and is not already receiving a DMU Care Leaver or Estranged Student Bursary. Email for more information. 


Wellbeing and disability support

 DMU provides support and signposting for your health and wellbeing, you can book an appointment at any time while at university. If you are an applicant and have a pre-existing condition we would encourage you to make contact with the team.