Estranged Student Support
Contact for estranged students
The University’s named contact for estranged students is Baljit Gill, who is Widening Participation Manager for the University. She can be contacted about any issues relating to estranged students and the University.
The national EaCES Handbook
This handbook was created by estranged and care experienced students in the UK and Republic of Ireland, to summarise all of the advice and information that can support similar students in higher education, and to share their own lived experiences and stories.
Student funding and financial support
- The Warwick Bursary: Estranged students may be eligible for the Warwick Bursary, worth up to £3,000 per year of study. Advanced payment of funds can be arranged to support costs of transitioning to University.
- The University has added a cost of living supplement to the Warwick Bursary for the 2022/23 academic year, which increases payments by 10%.
- Student Finance tuition fee and maintenance loans: Students under the age of 25 are usually considered 'dependent' and expected to declare their parents' income to means test their student finance application. However, estranged students can apply as 'independent students' so that their finance is calculated solely on their own income, so that they can access full financial support. UCAS’ guide on financial support for students not supported by their parents details how to apply for student finance with independent status, how to evidence estrangement, and additional funding that’s available. StandAlone’s student finance guide also offers detailed information on how estranged students’ Student Finance applications are assessed and the supporting documents required.
- Scholarships: The University has a directory of scholarship opportunities, which you can filter by level of study, department, nationality, and mode of study (full-time or part-time) to identify any relevant scholarship opportunities.
- University hardship funds: The University has hardship funds available for students experiencing hardship during their studies. Estranged students have priority access to hardship funds. For full-time undergraduate home (UK) students
- National benefits and grants: Turn2Us have Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools to check what benefits you might be able to claim and what grants you might be able to apply for. The Students’ Union Advice Centre can assist students identifying and applying for benefits and grants they’re entitled to.
- Open day travel costs: The University offers estranged students financial support for travel to its Open Days and Offer Holder Open Days. Contact Baljit Gill (B.Gill.firstname.lastname@example.org), the University's named contact for estranged students, for more information.
- Paid work: There is paid part-time work available for students at the University, including paid summer internship opportunities and the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme which offers a bursary (up to £1500) that can contribute to students' living expenses and other costs during the project.
- Managing your money: Which? have compiled information on how much it costs to live at University, which can help you estimate your living costs. The University has a hub of information on managing your money, and this Save the Student article offers practical tips on how to budget at University.
- Cost of living support for students: The University has a web hub relating to support with the cost of living. It includes information on discounts, free items available on campus (including menstrual care products), and additional funding options.
- 52 week accommodation: Estranged students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation for 52 weeks a year for the duration of their studies if required.
- Emergency accommodation: The University can offer emergency accommodation for students who are homeless or in an unsafe housing situation.
Community, wellbeing and mental health
- Year-round events: Warwick Presents is a year-round programme of entertainment, activities and events, including events and activities outside of undergraduate term-time (such as through the Christmas break).
- Student community: There are over 250 student-led societies and sports clubs at the University, and the Global Connections community offers in-person socials and an informal online community where all students can come together to mix with others from different backgrounds through simple activities, games, or conversations.
- Wellbeing and mental health support: The University's Wellbeing and Student Support (WSS) service provides a range of mental health, wellbeing and disability related support services, including counselling/psychological therapy, one-to-one practical wellbeing advice and support, wellbeing masterclasses and the Steps to Wellbeing Programme.
- Togetherall: All students can join the 24/7 Togetherall online community, where they can connect anonymously with others who can relate to how they're feeling and access tools and peer support.
- Community Safety: There is a team of staff dedicated to protecting the safety and security of everyone who lives, works, and studies at the University. The Community Safety team have an on-campus presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide pastoral support to everyone within our community. In an emergency, you can call this team on 02476 522222.
- Estranged student community: The This is Us community have an online space that brings together estranged and care experienced HE students and recent graduates in the UK. Students can chat, share thoughts and post helpful info, arrange meet-ups and organise activities (and request Unite Foundation resource to run activities), and share and access peer support.
Applying to study, and progressing to postgraduate study
- Open day travel costs: The University offers estranged students financial support for travel to its Open Days and Offer Holder Open Days. Contact Baljit Gill (B.Gill.email@example.comLink opens in a new window), the University's named contact for estranged students, for more information.
- Warwick Scholars undergraduate programme: Estranged students starting their undergraduate studies are eligible to join the Warwick Scholars undergraduate programme which offers academic, personal and professional development opportunities (including internships mentoring and cultural experiences) throughout their time at the University.
- Contextual offers: Estranged students are eligible for consideration under the University's contextual admissions policy. The University may make differential offers to applicants of up to 2 A Level grades or up to 4 International Baccalaureate points lower than the standard offer for entry for a course (to a minimum of BBB).
- Taught masters scholarship: Estranged students have priority for the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme (WTMSS),Link opens in a new window to support progression to postgraduate study at the University. Scholarships are worth up to £10,000, paid as a contribution towards tuition fees.
Graduation and career support
- Careers support: There is a Careers team at the University who support all students through the provision of careers guidance, mock interviews, and help and feedback on applications, CVs, covering letters and personal statements, searching for jobs, interviews and work experience.
- Graduation support: The University can assist estranged students with costs related to attending a graduation ceremony. Contact Baljit Gill (B.Gill.firstname.lastname@example.orgLink opens in a new window), the University's named contact for estranged students, for more information.
The University’s named contact for estranged students is Baljit Gill, Widening Participation Manager for the University.
She can be contacted for support via email at B.Gill.email@example.comLink opens in a new window.