University of Greenwich

Information for care leavers progressing to the University of Greenwich:

Who can help you from the University of Greenwich? The University of Greenwich has a Designated Member of Staff for Care Leavers and a Care Leaver Coordinator. You can contact either of us with any queries that you may have both pre-entry to higher education and on course at the University of Greenwich.Designated Member of Staff: Will Calver, Widening Access Consultant (w.calver@greenwich.ac.uk); Care Leaver Coordinator: Chris Colson (c.a.colson@greenwich.ac.uk)
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Who will help me when I am a student? We offer a 1:1 transition interview for all new students to the University of Greenwich where we provide you with information on all of the support services available to you whilst you are studying with us. These include financial, accommodation, academic and pastoral support together with the opportunity to take part in the Greenwich Friend student ambassador peer mentoring scheme.   In addition, we are also willing to meet with you pre-entry to support you and answer any questions that you might have. Staff are also available to advocate on your behalf if required.
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Applications and Interviews You apply for university through UCAS (either through the main cycle or through clearing). Each course has separate entry requirements and you will need to check the UCAS website for more information. We are happy to discuss this with you.
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Enrolment You will need to accept your offer from the University of Greenwich through the UCAS website. We contact all applicants who have accepted places in the summer term and again in September when you start. Registration is in two parts; the first part is online and the second is in person where you will need to bring your certificates and proof of your identity to the Student Centres to complete registration.
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Induction Each programme of study offers it’s own induction, however, we offer a mentoring scheme specifically for care leavers which pairs 2nd and 3rd year student ambassadors with new students to help them navigate their way around campus and through their study requirements through the first weeks of university life.
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Care Leaver Bursary The University of Greenwich offers a Care Leaver Bursary of £1,000 for each year of study (not available for repeat years). You will need to apply for this through the University website and provide a letter from your local authority confirming your status as a care leaver.
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PEPs We are happy to participate in your PEP or Pathway Plan at your request.
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English and Maths The majority of university courses require you to have GCSE English and Maths at ‘C’ grade or above as well as subjects studied at 6th form or college. However, you will need to check the UCAS website to clarify the educational requirements of the course you wish to study.
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Progress Progress into the next year of study is through passing assignments and examinations (each course has different requirements). There is academic support available at the University of Greenwich through the Academic Skills Centres and you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss any academic concerns that you might have.
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Health & Well Being We offer a number of pastoral activities through the Student Union ranging from sports to ‘Harry Potter’ societies! You can also access Counselling, Disability and Dyslexia Support and Mental Health Support through our Well Being Team.
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w.calver@gre.ac.uk

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