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See below some FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) from prospective students who are care experienced 

If you cannot find an answer to your question here, please email the named contact for care experienced students:

Sinead O'Kane - 

  • What is a care experienced student?

    Queen's University Belfast uses the following definitions: 

     Care Leaver: Queen’s University define a care leaver as a younger person who has been looked after by a Health and Social Care Trust or Local Authority for three months or more from the age of 14 years.

     Care Experienced: Queen’s University define care experienced as any student who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background for period of three months or more at any age. 


  • How can I tell you that I am care experienced?

    Ticking the box on UCAS is the best way to let us know that you are care experienced.  Here is some information from UCAS on how this works, and why it is so important. 

    You can also send the named contact for care experienced students an email to:

    Sinead O'Kane - 


  • What will I study when I am at Queen's?

    You can find the lastest Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prospectus here 

    You can also contact Sinead O'Kane ( if you wish to arrange a tour 

  • Where will I live at Queen's?

    Queen's offer care experienced students 365 day a year accommodation.  Make sure you let the named contacts for care experienced students know that you have applied for Queen's accommodation so that they can ensure you get your room! 

    You can find more information on Queen's accommodation here 


  • What financial help will I receive for being care experienced?

    The Care Experienced Bursary offered by Queen's is £1000 per year of your studies, so long as you meet the criteria and can provide appropriate evidence of your time in care.

    You will also have access to our SUQCESS Project which has been generously funded by a private donor to provide smaller amounts of financial support to help with resources directly linked to your studies and can be applied for at any time throughout your studies. 


  • What other support will I receive at Queen's?

    There is lots of internal and external support available for care experienced students studying in Queen's.  

    Along with support from your academic tutor, you will also have access to care experienced named contact:

    Sinead O'Kane - 


    Please click here to see the full list of support available 

  • How can I prepare for studying at Queen's?

    The transition to higher education can be a big adjustment, and it is important that you are prepared for the move. 

    • The named contact for care experienced students will contact you to arrange a 1:1 support meeting to ensure you are receiving the appropriate support.  The named contacts is Sinead O'Kane (  
    • Queen's has prepared a Transition Skills Module to provide you with helpful information as you are preparing to study at Queen's. 
    • Here is a really useful guide for new students 
    • There is some helpful information for parents/guardians here
Transition Skills For University Module

We also recommend that you sign up for the new Transition Skills for University module

This module has been developed by the Learning Development Service in Queen's, with input from academic and support staff. Find out more about the new transition module by clicking the link below

Transition Skills Module
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