Head of Student Welfare
Student Guidance Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Tel: (028) 9097 2893
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 leaflet 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.
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.