UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Finance

Estranged students who meet the income eligibility threshold will receive our Manchester Bursary which provides students for up to £2,000 p.a. for the duration of their studies. Estranged students are also able to access additional financial support from the University’s Living Cost Support fund and have been identified as a priority group to receive this support, particularly during the summer vacation.

Accommodation

We have extended the 365-day accommodation guarantee which is available for care-experienced students to estranged students. We are also committed to reducing the financial burden for students through removing the need for a deposit for University accommodation.

Mental Health

Where students are in crisis, they can access support from the University’s Counselling Service which offers confidential help with any personal issues affecting study, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, mental health and general well-being. The University is one of the partners in the new Greater Manchester Student Mental Health Hub, the UK's first regional student mental health referral centre. We will provide guidance to staff in our Counselling Service and Student Mental Health Hub to ensure there is full awareness of the issues faced by estranged students. The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union also offers a confidential Advice Service and we will work with the Students’ Union to establish a peer support group for estranged students.

Outreach

Estranged students are one of the priority groups for our Manchester Access Programme, a targeted access initiative for students in Greater Manchester. The University uses contextual data to make lower offers to students from areas of low participation and schools/colleges where attainment is below the national average. We have worked with UCAS to raise awareness of contextual data amongst teachers and advisors which will be increasingly important for estranged students when they are able to indicate this on their UCAS form from 2020/21.



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