The University of Dundee is committed to supporting students from a care experienced background to ensure that you receive the help you need in order to have a successful university experience.
The University would like to encourage more university applications from care leavers and anyone who has been or is cared for by a local authority; this could be in residential care, foster care, cared for by friends or relatives or in local authority care at home.
Applying to the University of Dundee
When you are applying for a place at the University of Dundee you will be asked to indicate if you have been in care on your UCAS form and also in communications you receive from the University. We would encourage you to do so, which allows us to contact you to ensure you receive the support and advice which will assist you during your student journey.
If you would like to visit the University for a tour and talk to current students, or if you have any questions about your application please contact John Blicharski, the University’s Wider Access and Participation Manager.
We would be happy to meet you and give you information about what it's like to study at the University of Dundee and the support available. We can show you around the department you're interested in applying to, so that you get acquainted with the University before you start.
Even if you're not ready to apply to university yet, feel free to get in touch for advice about your options. For example, we can offer guidance when choosing school subjects as early as S3, or on a range of access courses.
You can contact our Student Funding unit prior to applying to discuss the financial support available to you to whilst studying.
As a care leaver you are eligible to access 365 day accommodation in University residences – you must apply before the deadline given each year. You can speak to our residences team by email or by phone: 01382 384040
We have a range of support services here to help you. The University also provides a range of support for care experienced students which is in addition to the usual student support provided for students in general.
Named Support Contact
Joan Muszynski (Student Support Advisor) is the University’s named support contact for all care-experienced students who are studying at University of Dundee. Whether or not you have ticked the care leaver box on the UCAS form you can contact her by email or phone her on 01382 384932. It is her role to
- Provide regular catch–ups, sustained support and impartial advice throughout your time at University.
- To act as a link between your local authority, you and the University.
- Help you access support from services available across the University or externally.
- Be YOUR personal support contact
Sources of support
- Student Funding Unit
- Peer Connections
- Disability Services
- Counselling Service
- Health Service
- Academic Skills Centre
Other Useful Information for Care Leaver Students
- UCAS Guide for Care Leavers video
- Who Cares? Scotland: provides local advocacy and support for care leavers
- Who Cares? Scotland: HE Handbook for Care Leavers
- Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland- Care Leavers can apply for a vacation grant to help with support out with semester time.