From disrupted studies to success; supporting students with specific personal circumstances to stay at university

As a University, we have a long history of supporting students to achieve success. We believe that people from all parts of society should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential; regardless of their backgrounds or personal circumstances. This workshop will introduce participants to the support available for applicants with extenuating circumstances from the following vulnerable groups:

  • Young people with caring responsibilities
  • Care leavers
  • Young people who are estranged from their families

This session has been designed to help raise awareness of the issues faced by these individuals, the pre entry support they receive from our Outreach and Widening Participation and Admissions team and the ongoing personal and financial support that is available. We will provide an overview of the disrupted studies and contextual decision making process, along with case studies of current and previous students. The session will also provide an opportunity for discussion on good practice and for attendees to raise any queries or issues they may have in relation to supporting these students.

NB: "Disrupted studies" refers to pre-entry disruption rather than university students whose studies are currently being disrupted.

Format: Presentation, discussion, workshop.

Audience: All staff from academic and other departments whose role includes teaching and/or supporting students, particularly Admissions Tutors.

Length: 2 hours


  • Monday 4 November 2019, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 21 May 2020, 10am-12pm
You can now use the Learning Management System (LMS) to register your interest/reserve your place on one of these sessions.

If you have any queries please email