Care Experienced Young People

Information for Care Experienced Young People

If you have been in the care of a Health and Social Care Trust for more than three months of your secondary school years, Queen’s University can offer you a range of additional support.

This support is designed to ensure that your learning experience is an enjoyable one and you are able to realise the same learning opportunities as your peers. 

You can contact Deirdre Lynskey to find out the support available to you. Her email address is, and her telephone number is 028 9097 1567.

This leaflet also outlines the support available to care leavers at Queen's Univeristy, Belfast.

Check out the latest Care Leaver news and reports here

Download the Care Leavers Application Form 2017/2018 here:

Click here for the Pathways Document.

For UCAS information regarding Care Leavers please click here.

Read here about the 'Fostering Achievement Awards 2016' held at Queen's University.

 Read about the 'Tick The Box' event on the 26/10/16 at The Waterfront Hall.

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Financial support

Queen’s are introducing a new Care Leaver Bursary in the academic year 2015-16. If you would like to know if you are eligible for a Care Leaver Bursary, and also how to claim your bursary, click here.

To find out more about the financial support offered by Queen’s, click here. If you have any specific financial concerns you can contact Connie Craig, Student Financial Adviser at

Guaranteed accommodation

Any prospective students that would be leaving care to live in Queen’s student accommodation in Elms, receives a guarantee of year round accommodation.

Click the link to find out more details about how to apply and who you can contact.

Learning support

There are a wide range of services that are available to students when they come to Queen’s University. The Learning Development Service are there to provide support and guidance to help students develop and improve their academic skills. 

Click here to can find out more about the specific types of help that they can provide.


Help when you need it

Going to university can be a challenging time for some. The Student Guidance Centre has a service focused on student wellbeing. They have an experienced team that know how to offer support and guidance to a student in any situation that they find themselves in. The Counselling Service are there for students to talk to in a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive environment about any issue that they are finding difficult.

The Queen’s Student Union also provides an Advice Centre service which has trained staff who are ready to offer advice on a wide range of issues that students may encounter. 

In addition, the Widening Participation Unit arranges guided visits to Queen's for prospective students who have experience of care. If you are interested, just contact our team on or 028 9097 5020.

  Tick the Box Campaign‌‌

Please remember to tick the box on your UCAS form so that we can help you with additional support. You can visit The Fostering Network to learn more about the "Tick the Box" campaign.‌