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Care leavers

At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from UK students who are or have previously been in care, and for the care leavers currently studying here we are able to offer a wide range of support and guidance.

The University of Cambridge was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in 2010, in recognition of our commitment to supporting prospective applicants who are or have spent time in care, and our care-leaver students during their time at the University.

Young people who are in care and are interested in applying to university are welcome to participate in a number of events and activities we organise for students aged 11-18.

"Realise" events for care leavers and children in care

The Realise project's aim is to encourage more young people in care to consider higher education. We run a large number of events ranging from science days to theatre days to give a taste of life as a student at Cambridge.

What students say about Realise

"I wanted to know whether I would fit in at university, and especially at Cambridge, so I decided to check it out."

"I didn’t used to like universities, but my social worker told me about this Realise programme, and I enjoyed it a lot."

"Talking to people who are here at the uni and hearing that I wouldn’t have to struggle with costs were the most important things for me. I’m thinking again about applying to uni now."

"I want to have as many of my looked-after children to access as many of the University of Cambridge Realise Events as possible. I want them to know that they can access Higher Education and can have a university place if they want. Realise is about opening their eyes, raising their options and making it an expectation that university can be something for them." - Elle Zwandahl, Education Practitioner, Suffolk County Council

Events for Care Leavers and Children in Care

See what events are scheduled for Care Leavers and Children in Care.

Care events

If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to receive the latest news and event details, please email your details to: 

Contact Us

If you are a care leaver thinking about applying to Cambridge, or a teacher, virtual headteacher, support worker, carer or guardian wanting to know more, contact us for advice and support.

Claire Gardner
Widening Participation Project Coordinator
T 01223 766872

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