We are Durham University’s dedicated support network for care-experienced and/or estranged students (CEES). We provide pre- and post-entry support to all from a CEES background, to help them during their higher education journey. DU Cares provides multi-faceted support in different key areas that are; Pre-entry & Admissions, Accommodation & Colleges, Finance, and Careers. These key pillars of support are provided through multiple teams working collaboratively for each individual student but can all be accessed through DU Cares by contacting Boawe Rankin-Carr at email@example.com.
Durham have signed both the Care Leaver Covenant – in partnership with NERAP- andStand Alone Pledge to support care-experienced and estranged students, respectively. In engaging with the Care Leaver Covenant and StandAlone Pledge, we have committed to provide a level of support for students from CEES backgrounds. You can find more about each offer of support on the individual care-experienced and estranged students pages of our website.
What to do next?
Check out our specific care-experienced and estranged student support pages below. These pages will hopefully give a little more information about the specific support that we offer. Additionally, you can follow those pages to learn more about NERAP, the Care Leaver Covenant, and theStand Alone Pledge. You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you are an offer holder to join us in September 2023, you can sign up to one of our DU Cares campus visits. These visits consist of a tour of our campus and facilities, where you will be accompanied by a member of the DU Cares team who can answer specific questions you might have. These visits are the best opportunity for you to see the campus again before joining in September while also being able to ask about the support we offer at Durham for care-experienced and estranged students.
DU Cares provides multi-faceted support in different key areas; Pre-entry & Admissions, Accommodation & Colleges, Finance, and Careers.
As part of our pre-entrysupport, we have a dedicated point of contact (Boawe Rankin-Carr) who can support with any general queries on the UCAS application process, personal statement writing, and admissions support. Care-experienced and/or estranged students are also counted in our contextual offer criteria.CEES students are also given priority consideration for our access schemes, which you can learn about on our Supported Progression, Sutton Trust, and STEP pages.
Accommodation and Colleges.
Through our college system, we have many different accommodation types and levels of pastoral support. We haveaccommodation covering 365 days a year(varies depending on the college), with colleges providing summer activities for pre-sessional students to engage with or volunteer in (again, college dependent). We also recognise the needs of CEES students, with each college providing a pastoral network of support, guidance, and signposting to help students during their time at university.
We have several financial incentives to support students at Durham university. Students from low-income households will be assessed for the Durham Grant Scheme, which can be up to £2,500 per year for the 2023/24 academic year. Students from low-income households can also apply for the Student Employability Fund which provides financial support for developing skills and attributes to boost employability. We also offer a Hardship Fund, in line with our Stand Alone Pledge, to help students with buying essentials like food or travel.
We also offer a dedicated point of contact in our Student Money Advice team. This is a service which can offer advice and support with budgeting, money management, government benefits, debt issues, banking and general financial concerns. The service can be accessed by contacting: email@example.com
In our Careers team, we have a dedicated point of contact who can be reached by contacting the DU Cares team with any queries. We offer lifetime careers support to all our students and graduates at Durham. During your time at Durham, we will also offer CV writing, application, and interview support to help with gaining part-time work, volunteering roles, full-time employment, graduate internships, and anything else you need support applying for.