Care leavers

The University of St Andrews can offer additional support to care leavers both during the application process and once you have started at St Andrews. This can include financial support and guidance, help finding year-round accommodation, and a dedicated care leaver support coordinator.

Who is a care leaver?

There are many definitions of a care leaver, and it may be difficult to know exactly if it applies to you. The University of St Andrews may consider you a care leaver or care-experienced if you spent time in care as a child (under the age of 18), and:

  • the care was approved by the state through a court order, or it was undertaken on a voluntary basis.
  • the care was in foster care or residential care (mainly children’s homes) or other arrangements made by the state through court order.
  • the care was provided directly by the state (mainly through local authority social services departments) or by the voluntary or private sector (e.g. Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and many others).