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Realise events for care leavers and children in care

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

Young people who are in care and interested in applying to university are welcome to participate in the many events and activities we organise for students aged 11-18. In addition, the Realise project runs events throughout the year, specifically aimed at young people in care, to give individuals a chance to explore new topics and to consider the idea of university.

To be kept up to date about the events that we have planned for care leavers and children in care, please sign up to the Realise Newsletter. If you work for a Virtual School or a Local Authority and would like to find out about the ways that the Realise Team might be able to support the work you do, please get in touch.


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 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.

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