Accommodation Scholarships for Care Leavers

This page outlines the accommodation scholarships available to care leavers and how to apply. There are two different scholarships available and if eligible we encourage you to apply for both.

Both scholarships are now closed for 2019 entry. We hope to offer both awards again for 2020. 

Unite Foundation Accommodation Scholarship

The University is working with The Unite Foundation to offer free Unite accommodation for up to 3 years of study to students who are estranged or from care.

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. We hope to offer the award for 2020 entry. 

The scholarship also provides other opportunities through the foundation's sponsors, such as work placement opportunities, mentoring and other activities that can help you make the most of your university experience.

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship you must be:

  • a care leaver
  • a home/UK student
  • under 25 on the first day of your course
  • a new student starting your undergraduate course in September 2019 or a continuing undergraduate

How to apply

1. Download and complete the application form from the Unite Foundation website or directly via the PDF below.

Unite Foundation Application Form (PDF, 144kb)

2. Provide evidence to confirm your status as a care leaver. Further information about the documents required can be found on the page below.

Please contact the Financial Support Team if you experience any difficulty providing this evidence.

If you are a continuing student and have applied for the Enhanced Bursary for care leavers, you do not need to provide further evidence to support your circumstances.

3. Send your completed application form and supporting evidence to the Financial Support Team before 31 May 2019.

Contact Financial Support Team

4. Your application will then be verified by the University and forwarded to the Unite Foundation, who will make the final decision.

By submitting your application to the Financial Support Team you are agreeing that you're happy for us to forward your application and supporting evidence to the Unite Foundation.

5. You will be notified of the outcome before 5 July 2019.  

If your eligible application is initially unsuccessful, you will be put on the reserve list and may be offered a scholarship following the adjustment and clearing process.

Selection Process

The Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme is not able to provide awards for every eligible person and applies scheme priorities to decide how awards are allocated each year. These priorities are to:

  • maintain a balance of scholarship students at partner universities
  • maintain a balance of benefit between estranged and care leaver students
  • reflect a range of academic ability, course choice and protected characteristics under the Equality Act

For further information and guidance on eligibility and how to apply, please refer to the PDF below or visit the Unite Foundation website.

Unite Foundation Guidance and Information 2019/20 (PDF, 369kb)


The University of Sheffield Accommodation Scholarship with Catalyst

Through our relationship with Catalyst, the University is offering one accommodation scholarship to new students who are estranged or from care.

The successful applicant will receive a 51 week standard contract for a single en-suite room in University accommodation. 

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. We hope to offer the award for 2020 entry. 

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship you must be:

  • a care leaver
  • a home/UK student
  • under 25 on the first day of your course
  • a new student starting your undergraduate course in September 2019

How to apply

1. Complete and submit the online application form.

Apply For Accommodation Scholarship

2. Provide evidence to confirm your status as a care leaver. Further information about the documents required can be found on the page below.

Please contact the Financial Support Team if you experience any difficulty providing this evidence.

If you are a continuing student and have applied for the Enhanced Bursary for care leavers, you do not need to provide further evidence to support your circumstances.

3. Attach your evidence to your application form or send it to the Financial Support Team before 30 June 2019.

Contact Financial Support Team

4. Your application will be considered by senior professional services staff and assessed on whether you have:

  • clearly identified how the scholarship will be beneficial to your student experience
  • provided a clear rationale for applying for an undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield

5. You will be notified of the outcome before 31 July 2019.


Definitions

Care Leaver

This includes individuals under 25 years old who have been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and who were looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date.

Background in Care

This includes individuals who have been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks, whether away from home or in the home.

Looked After and/or in the Care of a Local Authority

This includes individuals who are in foster care, local authority accommodation, under a care order at home or under kinship care.

For more information, please visit the Buttle website below.

Additional Information

  • Awards are conditional on you being accepted and fully registered on your specified course at the University of Sheffield during the 2019-20 academic year and meeting the eligibility criteria for the scholarship.
  • Where you are successful in applying for either of these awards, you may be allocated a different room to the ones you have applied for. We will contact you to discuss this following notification that your application was successful.