Information for estranged students (studying without family support)

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Are you an applicant or student who is estranged from their family, studying without family support?

At the University, we recognise that studying in the absence of family support can be difficult, and may cause you to worry about finances, accommodation and emotional support. At Strathclyde, we were the first university in Scotland to sign the Pledge to Stand Alone who support adults who are estranged from their family, to show our commitment to supporting estranged students.

We have a range of support services available for estranged students, and also a named contact who can support you through your transition to University and throughout your studies.  We provide the following support for estranged students:

  • Tours of the University and subject departments before you start or even apply, to give you a feel of the University and campus.
  • Guaranteed 365 days per year student accommodation, with information on financial support you can apply for to cover accommodation expenses.
  • A mentor who will provide one-to-one mentoring for the full duration of your degree.  This will be a University staff member who will provide one-to-one support for the full duration of your course, be a stable source of advice and guidance, signpost support services, and ensure you are aware of all the opportunities available to you, including financial, academic, and personal support.
  • Priority for the University discretionary fund, which can be accessed through the Student Financial Support Team at the University for students who are in financial difficulty.
  • A guaranteed interview (if you wish) to become a paid Student Ambassador for the duration of your degree.  Student Ambassadors are invited to work at various events throughout the academic year such as Welcome Week and Open Days.

If you are an estranged student looking to apply to the University, or are already studying at the University and wish to find out more about the support above, or simply get in touch with the named contact for estranged students for a chat, please contact Louise Martin on louise.martin.100@strath.ac.uk or 0141 548 4050.