Care Leavers



Time at university will develop your knowledge and skills and open doors to new places but it can also be a daunting prospect, especially if you are in or about to leave care.  That is why Cardiff Met has put together a comprehensive package of support to make your time here as problem-free as possible.  


A Dedicated Staff Mentor

If you have any issues or concerns prior to coming to Cardiff Met and/or whilst you are studying, Cardiff Met has a staff mentor (Emma Cook) who is on hand to advise on all aspects of university life. All questions and issues will be treated confidentially and only referred on with your permission.

Emma can also act as a link between you, your local authority and the University to ensure you are accessing all the support that is available to you as a care leaver.

If you have any questions about studying at Cardiff Met and the support available you can contact Emma using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Pre-entry Support Meeting

Once you have been offered a place to study at Cardiff Met (before enrolment), we will offer you a support meeting to discuss your situation and the support you think you might need. As well as you and the staff mentor, this can include your support worker, representatives from Cardiff Met's accommodation department and the school you will be joining. This meeting will allow us to establish how much financial support is available, the type of accommodation you would prefer and, where appropriate, make provision for any additional support you may need.


This package has been designed for care leavers and young people who estranged from parents/ guardians whose permanent residence is in the United Kingdom and who are 'home' students for fee purposes. The support is available to students who declare on the UCAS application that they have been in care (looked after by a local authority/ foster carers). Full details of the student's link worker must be supplied and there are strict eligibility criteria that must be met to receive this support:

  • A student who has been in care since the age of 14 must have been in care for no less than 6 months.
  • A student who has been in care from the age of 16 must have been in care for no less than 3 months.
  • A student who has been irreconcilably estranged from parents or guardians between the age of 16 and leaving school or FE College.
  • Students must be under the age of 25.


Cardiff Met can guarantee year round accommodation (including Christmas, Easter and summer holidays) in Cardiff Met halls, for the duration of your course. We will try to ensure that the type of accommodation is appropriate to your needs.

The accommodation services manager will be in contact with you/ your support worker to discuss the financial commitment to halls once you have made your application.

Information about the acommodation at Cardiff Met can be found here.

Financial Support

We will do all we can to ensure that the costs associated with your studies here do not prevent you from completing your programme of study and will work with you and your support worker to achieve this. A Care Leavers Bursary of £1,000 pa may be available; there are strict eligibility criteria that must be met and details of your support worker must be supplied. If you find that you are struggling financially, we can help you with budgeting advice and prioritise your application for university hardship funds.

Further information about the financial support available as an undergraduate student via the Student Finance & Welfare Advisory Service can be found here.          

Cardiff Met also offers a range of Bursaries & Scholarships to new students.

Additional Support 

There is lots of support available for you at Cardiff Met when you need it. The dedicated care leaver contact can help to direct you to the right support across the University.


Free counselling is available term time for all Cardiff Met students. It is offered via an appointment system to all current students.  Counselling offers a safe, supportive and confidential environment, where you can talk over any difficult issues in your life.

Disability Support

Support is available to students who have a disability or specific learning difficulty to enable them to fully participate in their studies.  It is really important that you contact the team before you arrive at Cardiff Met to discuss any specific issues and support you may need.

Careers & Employability

The careers service aims to to work with you to help your career planning, to search for job vacancies and work experience opportunities, and to improve your employability.

Useful Links 


Contact Name: Emma Cook

Telephone: 029 2041 6170/ 6333