University boosts graduation bursary to support care experienced students through COVID 19

22 October 2020

The University of York has announced it will boost its financial support for care experienced and estranged graduates this year, in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The bursary will provide financial help for students without family support as they transition from university to employment during the pandemic, with the payment boosted from £1,000 to £5,000.
The fund will help 18 students graduating this summer and is part of the University’s Access and Outreach support for under-represented groups in higher education. It builds on the University’s mission to open up opportunities and combat inequalities.

Joanna Paluch-Edwards, Student Adviser for care leavers and estranged students at the University of York, said: “Students graduating this year are entering an uncertain job market and care leavers and estranged students are particularly vulnerable as they may not have a family home they can return to while they look for employment.

“This is an opportunity for the University to continue to play a transformative and empowering role in their futures. We are committed to supporting their development and wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

This academic year, the University of York was cited as an example of good practice by the Office for Students for the support it is providing care leavers and estranged students during the pandemic.
In 2019 the University unveiled a support package to provide free accommodation to students who have been in care for the duration of their course.


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