Priority groups

Priority groups

Support for carers, care leavers and students estranged from their families

We provide dedicated support for students who having caring responsibilities, students who have been in the care of a Local Authority, and students who are estranged from family. We know that these circumstances can create additional barriers to studying, and our named contacts are here to help you to get the support you need and make the most of your time at university.

Our named contacts (Emily and Robin) provide practical, financial and welfare advice to care leavers/care experienced studentscarers and students estranged from family . This includes:

  • Support with settling into university life and help to resolve any issues
  • Regular newsletters by email about relevant opportunities, services and events
  • One-to-one advice about university life
  • Referrals to university services and local partner organisations

SHU Progress scheme

SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean there are barriers to going to university, and care leavers, estranged students and carers are all groups eligible for SHU Progress’ support.

The scheme provides additional support throughout your application process, from the year you choose to apply to university through to becoming a university student. The SHU Progress team can support with making your application, getting everything in place to begin university life, and ensuring you can access all the support you are entitled to. Learn more about SHU Progress.



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Care Leavers

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Students estranged from their families

Support for Estranged Students

Your named contacts

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Robin Kerr (she/her)

Priority Groups - care leavers, estranged students, student carers

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Emily Marsh (she/her)

Priority Groups - care leavers, estranged students, student carers

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