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Students who have been in care
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Students who have been in care

If you are a looked-after child or a care leaver, we are aware that there are even greater challenges for you to face when finding out about university. Oxford is committed to supporting students from a care background, to ensure that they receive the help they need in order to have a successful university experience. The University has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of the support we offer to care leavers. If you have spent time in care and are thinking of applying, or you are supporting a care leaver in this situation, we hope you will find the information below helpful. To find out more or to discuss applying to the University, please contact Jimi Slattery or call 01865 270743.


Do you think Oxford could be for you? Why not come along to one of our open days and find out what it is like to study and live here? On top of the wealth of information provided by colleges and departments, we would be very happy to answer any further questions about the support available to you as a care leaver and can arrange a one-one meeting while you are here.

The University runs lots of outreach events including summer schools, conferences and workshops for young people, parents/guardians and teachers throughout the year. 


Students who have been in care or are care leavers may be eligible to be 'flagged' when applying to Oxford. When a candidate is 'flagged' under the contextual data system, it is strongly recommended that they are invited to interview. A candidate is eligible for a care status 'flag' if they have been in care for more than three months (as determined from the UCAS application, and subject to later verification checks). 

Further information and support about applying to university can be found on the following organisations websites:

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