QMU welcomes and actively supports applications from those with care experience.

We know that coming to University can be daunting for anyone.

We also recognise that if you have spent time in local authority care, whether away from home or in the home, or in foster care then you may require additional support and advice to help you through your university journey.

See our key documents below:

Support for Care Leavers Leaflet

Queen Margaret University Care Leavers Policy and Procedure

Corporate Parenting Plan 2017-2020 

Who We Support

To be eligible for support we may ask you for evidence of your care leaver status. Our definition of a care leaver is:

“a person aged 25 or under, who was looked after away from home by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who was looked after away from home by the local authority at school leaving age on or after that date.”

We can also help you if you have a background in care and have “been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks whether away from home or in the home”

In addition, with your permission, we can liaise with your support worker to ensure you are supported appropriately throughout your time at QMU.

Support We Offer

To help you get to QMU, we can provide you with:

  • Advice on routes through education, including college opportunities
  • Support to complete your UCAS application (If you are happy to do this without any help, remember to tick the box which asks if you have been in care, so we know to get in touch with you once we receive your application to discuss any appropriate support.)
  • A guaranteed offer to the course you have applied for at the minimum entry requirement

Once you arrive at QMU we can offer you:

  • Individualised advice about funding and financial support
  • Priority places on transition and support activities such as QMAdvance and QMConnect
  • Extended leases in accommodation
  • Priority access to opportunities for paid employment on campus

 

Who to Contact

Please contact Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, if you would like to find out more about how we can support you at QMU.

In Callum’s absence, please direct enquiries to Iliyan Stefanov, Head of Student Services

 

Care Leavers Enquiries

Please contact Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, if you would like to find out more about how we can support you at QMU.

In Callum’s absence, please direct enquiries to Iliyan Stefanov, Head of Student Services.

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Care Leavers Enquiries

Callum Maguire
0131 474 0000
Iliyan Stefanov
0131 474 0000