Care leavers

The HE Guidance Officers in the Transitions Team are DMU's designated contacts for offering 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, Pauliina Keinanen or Ryan Ward by email at or telephone (0116) 257 7872/7605/7825.

Applying to university

Visit our dedicated 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. If you'd like to meet a member of the Transitions Team before applying please contact us on

Scholarships and bursaries

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 care leavers 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 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.

For more information, or to be added on our mailing list, email, or call us on 0116 257 7872/7605/7825.

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