Care experienced

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to increasing the number of care leavers accessing and succeeding in higher education. We understand that the application process and settling in at university can be particularly challenging for care leavers and want to provide support in making your time at Herts as stress free and successful as possible.

If you are in local authority care, or have recently left care and are wondering what your next step should be, we can offer you lots of support and practical help.

What can we offer you?

Students studying undergraduate and post graduate courses here at Herts will have access to:

Support network

Our Widening Access and Student Success (WASS) team are dedicated to supporting you throughout your time at the University of Hertfordshire, helping you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress successfully through your course and all the way to graduation.

We can also help you get ready for employment in the career of your choice, working closely with our expert colleagues in the Careers and Employment Service here at the University.

Throughout your time with us, you will have a dedicated member of staff within the WASS team that can give you guidance and support should you need it. We can also liaise with your Personal Advisor or Local Authority (with your consent). Support with equipment, academic textbook resources and food vouchers are also available (subject to eligibility).

Financial Support

We know that some students worry that going to university will be expensive. We offer care leavers a bursary worth £1500 per year for their three years of undergraduate study (subject to eligibility checks).

First year undergraduate students (Level 4), may also be eligible for the University of Hertfordshire bursary.


The University of Hertfordshire is able to guarantee care leavers with accommodation all year (including outside of term times), if required.

We can also support you with accommodation issues (both on campus and privately rented accommodation).


The WASS team can help guide you through the process of finding paid work opportunities such as Student Ambassador roles or volunteering roles through the Students' Union.

The Students' Union also has 100 societies that you can get involved with.

You will also get priority access to the Student Success programme of activities which include:

  • Online Mindfulness Courses
  • Academic Coaching
  • Motivational Coaching
  • Academic English and Study Skills
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Exam Preparation
  • Financial Advice and Support
  • Employability Skills
  • BAME Students' Careers Events

For more details or to discuss support for care leavers at the University, please contact and a member of the WASS team will get back to you.