Estranged Students (No Parental support)
Has your relationship with your family completely broken down? Do you have no communication or functioning relationship with either of your biological parents, and no physical or financial support from them? Is this situation expected to be irreconcilable?
If you answer yes to these questions, you may be considered an estranged student and be entitled to extra support during your time at University.
As a first step, get in touch with Lisa Firth our contact for estranged students for an informal and supportive chat to find out how we might be able to help you. If you'd like to book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 343 7669.
Below is a summary of some of the support available at the University of Leeds as well as other useful links for information and guidance.
Ways we can support you
Gather evidence and assist you to make an application to Student Finance England to be recognised as an estranged student and be assessed for financial support.
Check that you are accessing the financial support you might be eligible for
Help you to apply to the Hardship fund if you are in financial hardship.
Consider if an application to the Opportunities fund could help you access extracurricular professional development opportunities offered by the University or external organisations.
For eligible estranged students the University can offer:
- a guaranteed place in University-owned accommodation
- the offer of 365-day accommodation
- a waiver of the upfront security deposit for University-owned accommodation (meaning that you will only pay the deposit when you receive your student loan payment)
Contact Lisa Firth to find out if you are eligible - email@example.com or phone 0113 343 7669.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Interested in connecting with other estranged students? LUU are facilitating the development of a student-led support network. To find out more contact Katie: K.Hughes@luu.leeds.ac.uk
Staying in Leeds during the vacation? There are still student events and activities you can get involved in
Dont forget the support offered by the Wellbeing and Counselling Service including:
On Course Support
As an estranged students you are eligible for the Plus Programme which includes:
- Study skills workshops
- Personal skills workshops, such as budgeting, confidence building, wellbeing
- Employability workshops and notifications of opportunities for internships, jobs and volunteering
- Mentoring schemes
- Social events
Guidance appointments with our contact for estranged students, Lisa (details above).
Help with accessing support services including: Careers, LUU, Skills@Library, Counselling and your personal tutors if needed so you dont have to keep repeating your situation.
Graduation and Beyond
Support with accessing career guidance to help you make plans early for after your course ends
Support with the cost of gown hire and a graduation photograph
Contact Lisa for assistance in accessing any of the support above and determining your eligibility - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 343 7669.