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Support for care leavers and estranged students

We're here to support you

We understand that starting higher education can be difficult without a strong family network. We are here to support you every step of the way from your first application right through to graduation and beyond.

Make sure you tick the relevant box on the UCAS form so we are aware of your status right from the start.

Pre-entry support

During these unprecedented times, and before you even officially join Middlesex, we are still here to support you with the transition from sixth form/college to higher education. We can offer advice and guidance on:

  • Understanding your post-16 and post-18 options
  • Choosing a course and a university
  • Student finance and budgeting
  • Student Life for care leavers
  • Developing your transferable skills
  • Stress coping strategies whilst at university
  • On-course support on offer at the University

View all our post-16 resources

As well as advice and guidance on our how to apply, you can chat directly with your named contact, Zee Mohammed, or send her an email.

Get in touch

For further information on pre-entry support, please contact:

Zee Mohammed
Outreach Projects Officer

Tel: 0208 411 5416



On-course support

After you've enrolled, we'll help you during your studies with:

You will also continue to have a named contact for general support.

Get in touch

To discuss your options further please contact: 

Jude Cringle 
Student Welfare Advice Team Manager

Tel: 0208 411 6482
Email: j.cringle@mdx.ac.uk

  • Financial support

    There are a range of funding and loan options available to ensure you are able to attend university whatever your financial background.

    Get more information on Undergraduate funding

    You may be eligible for The Santander Widening Participation Bursary and receive £2,500.

    See all our Scholarships and Bursaries

    Please email Jude Cringle for more help with applying for student finance

  • Progression from university

    Before you graduate, you will have been provided with many opportunities to increase your employability skills, making you highly sought after by employers and helping you secure internships and jobs.

    Your relationship with Middlesex doesn't end when you graduate. You'll become part of a network of around 190,000 alumni who support and inspire each other. Our Alumni team will also make sure that you're kept up to date on the latest MDX news, invite you back on campus and let you know of great opportunities and industry networking events.

Qualifying as an estranged student

To be classed as an estranged student, you'll have to provide evidence to demonstrate the lack of contact. This can take the form of a letter from a doctor, teacher or other professional who knows about your situation.

The evidence will be assessed by Student Finance England and you will qualify if you're be under 25 and have had no contact with your parents for a least a year before you start your course, and/or you can show that you will permanently have no contact with your parents.

Additional support

Drive Forward Foundation is a small London based charity offering great support for care leavers aged 14-26 to help them succeed at school and in life.

Become is a charity for children in care and young care leavers and Propel provides further information for care leavers wishing to progress to higher education.

Stand Alone provides support for people who are estranged from their family or a key family member and have a specific student support portal. We have taken the Stand Alone pledge meaning we are committed to providing support for you.

Bright Knowledge offers advice about student finance for students who are estranged from their parents.

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