We encourage applications from students who have experience of care and aim to provide a supportive environment to enable students to have a positive experience at university. A care leaver is defined 'as a person aged 25 or under, who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who was looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date'.
When submitting your application to Abertay, your UCAS application form will ask you to confirm if you have previously been in care. If so, this information will also be passed on to Abertay. Abertay encourages students to disclose - this allows the opportunity for us to contact you to ensure that you are aware of the support available and to offer any advice you may need as you progress through your studies.
Abertay's Open Days allow you to find out more about the university and answer any queries you may have about studying here. In addition, we have a series of Applicant Days which provide detailed course information for applicants who hold offers from Abertay.
Invitations to applicants are sent out from February onwards.
Hazel Petrie (Advisory Service Manager) is based within the Advisory Service and is the named contact for all care experienced students who are studying at Abertay.
Even if you have not indicated that you are care experienced on your UCAS application form you can still make contact with Hazel to ask a question or discuss a particular query you may have. She will continue to provide regular support and advice throughout your time at university.
Coming to university can be a daunting prospect. Abertay offers two specialist programmes for new students preparing for university. The University Preparation Programme (UP) is aimed at students coming straight from school and the Abertay College Transition Programme (ACT) offers support to students joining the university from college. Both programmes are designed to help with the transition to university study.
Abertay has been awarded The Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for its efforts to support young people moving from local authority care to higher education.
Student Services consists of 4 teams which provide a range of specialist support, these are:
In addition the Student Enquiry Zone (SEZ) based on the ground floor of the Library can answer quick questions and direct you to relevant advice, guidance and information. The Student Association also provides an Advice and Welfare service.
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The key contact for Abertay is Hazel Petrie, who can be contacted by either telephoning 01382 308051 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org