Care leavers and students estranged from their families to benefit from new scholarship scheme at The University of Nottingham

A new scholarship scheme is to offer four University of Nottingham students, who are leaving care or are estranged from their families, assistance with their accommodation costs.

Thanks to funding offered by the Unite Foundation, the university will be offering the scholarships to students from these backgrounds who are applying for their first year undergraduate study to start in the academic year 2023/24.

The scholarship covers accommodation and bills for 365 days a year for up to three years of study.

I am very grateful to the Unite Foundation for this award of four 52-week accommodation scholarships. These will be targeted at our care leaver and estranged students.Professor Sarah Speight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience

She added: “I had the privilege of meeting some of these students in the summer. Their stories confirmed to me just how important it is that we offer them secure homes at university and enable them to have a full student experience. These four scholarships will significantly contribute to this. Thank you Unite Foundation!”

Vikki Welch, Associate Director for Student Living, added: “I am delighted we have successfully agreed this new partnership with The Unite Foundation to support our care leavers and estranged students as part of our commitment to university widening access and participation. We look forward to working closely with Unite Foundation for the duration of the partnership and seeing our students flourish.”

Access to the university experience

Nottingham is one of four new universities – alongside Oxford Brookes, University of East Anglia and Northumbria University – to be selected to take part in the new Home at University: Widening Access and Participation Pilot programme, which is match funded between the successful partner universities, the Unite Foundation and Astra Foundation and the Dulverton Trust.

Unite Foundation Director Fiona Ellison said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming four new partner universities into The Unite Foundation family. The ‘Home at University: Widening Access & Participation Pilot’ will enable us to offer up to 17 new scholarships across four additional higher education providers. This means 17 care leavers or estranged students will have more choice when applying for a Unite Foundation scholarship and be able to take advantage of everything university has to offer.

“The University of Nottingham demonstrated a clear commitment to doing more to support care experienced and estranged students as they continue to grow and develop their institutional-wide holistic approach. As a Russell Group university, we hope this scholarship pilot will shine a spotlight on what more Russell Group institutions should be doing to support this group of students.”

The pilot scheme will open for applications on The Unite Foundation website from January 1 2023 and is open to all care leaver or estranged students applying to first year undergraduate courses starting in the academic year 23/24.

The Unite Foundation is an independent registered charity offering unique accommodation scholarships for care leavers and estranged young people at universities across the UK.

Students can email the foundation directly at or contact the Accommodation team:

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About the Unite Foundation

The Unite Foundation scholarship takes care of students’ accommodation and bills, covering up to three full years of study for 365 days a year. The aim is that with a stable home taken care of, Unite Foundation students feel able to access and experience everything that university has to offer.

The charity currently works with 26 universities across England and Scotland, and the team works closely with Unite Students: the charity’s accommodation partner and principal corporate donor. It also receives funding from The Astra Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and The Portal Trust.

Founded in 2012, the Unite Foundation is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary. To date, the Unite Foundation has awarded 614 scholarships, with 285 graduates now pursuing their dreams.

For more information about the Unite Foundation and the scholarship visit

Source: University of Nottingham


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