Information for Care Leavers

Contact Info

Deirdre Lynskey

Outreach Officer

Widening Participation Unit

Student Guidance Centre

Queen's University Belfast


Tel: 028 9097 1567


Information for Care Leavers


Going to University can be an exciting experience but it can also be daunting and stressful, particularly if you have experience of care and are moving to an area where you know very few people. 

If you have been in Social Services or Local Authority Care for more than three months of your secondary school years, Queen’s University can offer you a range of additional help during your time here as a student.

We will endeavour to provide a level of support which ensures that your learning experience is an enjoyable one and you are able to realise the same learning opportunities as your peers.  This site is designed to give prospective and new students an understanding of the support available to care leavers.  It is our aim to ensure that you have a positive and enjoyable experience of university life.

Please download the support information leaflet here.

Care Leavers
Care Leavers

 Disclosure of Personal Circumstances  

We strongly recommend that you disclose your personal circumstances with particular reference to your status as a care leaver in the relevant section on your UCAS/application form when applying for a course at Queen’s.  Once you have done this, a member of staff in Student Welfare will be made aware of your interest in studying at Queen’s and will contact you to discuss potential support which you may require during your time here. 

Throughout your time at Queen’s you will have access to a contact person in Student Welfare.  They will be available to help you during the application process and during your time as a student to help ensure any support requirements are met or to point you in the right direction if you have any concerns about your studies or university life in general.  They will also be able to provide the link between your Social Worker and the University. 

Disclosure of your circumstances will remain confidential and University Schools will not be informed without your permission.  Disclosing your circumstances will not result in different treatment of your application to Queen’s but will ensure you are given the opportunity to access a range of support during the application process and during your studies if you are successful in gaining a place.

 See the Fostering Network's tick the box campaign here


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