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Care Experienced

Abertay encourages applications from students who have experienced 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.

Visiting Abertay

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 for Abertay.  Invitations to applicants are sent out from February onwards.  You can contact us about attending an Applicant Information Day or we can arrange an individual visit day to best suit your requirements.

Abertay Contact

Claire Allan (Disabled Student Advisor & Corporate Parent) based within the Advisory Service of Student Services 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 Claire to ask a question or discuss a particular query that you may have.  Claire will continue to provide regular support and advice throughout your time at university on a number of areas.


Abertay provides a range of different accommodation options to suit your needs, with the majority of student accommodation within close proximity to the university.  Living in student accommodation will also allow you to make friends with other students studying at Abertay.  Once you hold an offer for Abertay (conditional or unconditional) you can then apply for our accommodation.  Different contracts are available, but you can apply for a year round contract if this would best suit your requirements.  Further information on the range of accommodation can be found online; Abertay Accommodation 

Preparing for University Study

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, direct entry into years 2 or 3 of their degree programme.  Both programmes are designed to help with the transition to university study.

Student Support 

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 ; Counselling & Mental Health, Careers, the Learner Development Centre and the Advisory Service (International Student support, Student Funding support, Access & Disability and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)). In addition the Student Enquiry Zone (SEZ) based on the ground floor of the Library can answer quick questions and signpost you to where you can seek advice, guidance and information on a range of university areas and support.  The Student Association also provides an Advice and Welfare service.  

Snap shot of support 

  • Year-round accommodation contracts in University residences
  • Liaison with your local authority to ensure access to funding that you may be entitled to 
  • A guaranteed place on one of the University Preparation Programmes of your choice  - the University Preparation or Abertay College Transition programme to help you adjust to studying in higher education
  • A key contact for all issues relating to your care background, student journey and personal needs

The key contact for Abertay is Claire Allan, who can be contacted by either telephoning 01382 308051 or emailing

Further resources:

  Frank Buttle Quality Mark who cares scotland Celcis the who cares trust