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Support for Widening Participation Students

The University of South Wales is aware that students may have additional considerations which can present specific challenges whilst studying. We aim to focus our resources to ensure we tailor our advice and support to meet your circumstances and help you to address and overcome any financial issues. For all home fees and funding information please visit here.

We also offer additional support for the following under-represented groups:

We are committed to providing support for students from or leaving care who want to go on to higher education. 

We are a member of CLASS (Care Leaver Activities and Student Support) Cymru partnership, who share best practice relating to care leavers across higher education institutions in Wales.

Support we offer in addition to USW's regular support:

  • Care leaver bursary for students who  are classed as 'home' students - (currently £1000 per year for full time students, £500 for part time students). 
  • A named contact
  • Access to 365 day accommodation for full time students (payment and terms and conditions must be met by the students.  

Support to access work experience

If you are a Care Leaver, are under 25 and studying full time, the GO Wales Programme can support you in finding career-relevant work experience that fits around your studies and any other commitments. We may also be able to help you to meet travel costs, the cost of childcare, a DBS check or other costs, if this helps you to access work experience. Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.

For further information about support available please visit our Care Leaver Support webpage. 

We are keen to offer support to student carers, including a Bursary from its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs) - find out more.  

Support to access work experience

If you are a Carer or have childcare responsibilities, are under 25 and studying full time, the GO Wales Programme can support you in finding career-relevant work experience that fits around your studies and caring responsilibilties. We may also be able to help you to meet travel costs, the cost of childcare, a DBS check or other costs, if this helps you to access work experience. Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.

There are a number of ways that you can be classed as an Independent Student by your funding body, and therefore assessed on your income alone. Below are details of some of these ways and further information can be found here.

  • If you are over 25 and single at the start of the academic year, you will automatically be assessed as independent. 
  • If you are under 25 and can evidence that you are financially supporting yourself for three years prior to the start of your course you may be able to be classed as an independent student. 
  • If you are under 25 and have become permanently estranged from both your parents, then you may be able to be assessed as an independent student when applying for student funding. 
  • As a care leaver, you can be assessed as independent.

Support to access work experience

If you are estranged from your parents, are under 25 and studying full time, the GO Wales Programme may be able to support you in finding career-relevant work experience that fits around your studies and any other commitments. We may also be able to help you to meet travel costs, the cost of childcare, a DBS check or other costs, if this helps you to access work experience. Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.

The University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students who are estranged from their parents or become estranged during their studies.

The support we can offer is:

  • Estranged Student Bursary for students who are under 25 and classed as ‘home’ students and assessed by their funding body as estranged- (currently £1000* per year for full time students, £500* for part time students). 
  • Assistance in applying for Student Funding as an Estranged student
  • Financial Advice including budgeting and money management
  • Support in applying to the University’s Student Support Fund if you are in financial hardship*
  • Assistance in getting access to 365-day accommodation for full time students (payment and terms and conditions must be met by the student).

    *Please note that funding allocations are subject to change, please check for up-to-date information. 

    How to access this support

    For more information please click here. You can also contact us via phone or email and we will arrange an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser to discuss the support available and how to access it. 

    The USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme is a new scheme providing support to a limited number of eligible refugees via free English language tuition prior to starting an undergraduate course at the University. Further information can be found here.

    The USW Asylum Seeker Bursary will support up to two postgraduate students each academic year. A university panel will assess all bursary applications at the same time following the closing date and will award up to two bursaries from all these applications. Further information and eligibility requirements can be found here.

    One of our current students Kyle Jamie Eldridge, produced a video to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2021. View his video here

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    USW has been recognised as one of Britain’s top supporters of the armed forces.

    The Ministry of Defence has announced USW as one of the 2018 winners of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award, its highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

    Providing support to mature students looking to build their education after being in work for many years is one of USW’s key aims. This award scheme attracts entries from companies across the UK, in both private and public sectors, and has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014.

    The importance to USW of providing support for ex-Armed Forces (AF) personnel was first cemented in 2013, by the signing of the AF Covenant, and further enhanced when Ross Hall, Armed Forces veteran, was appointed as USW’s Armed Forces Champion. More information here Armed Forces | University of South Wales

    The University of South Wales works closely with SCiP Alliance and SSCE Cymru :: Supporting Service Children in Education Wales website to support service children access higher education. 

    Coming soon in Autumn 2021 - Creative Forces Day.

    Here is a story regarding one of our current students Sergeant on mission to add Accountancy qualification to his arsenal | University of South Wales.

    Current military healthcare assistant, Chloe will be joining the University of South Wales to study BSc Childhood Development with Foundation year  in September 2021. Read her story here Armed Forces Day 2021 | Leaving the Army: From service to study | University of South Wales



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