Who are Estranged Students?
If you are irreconcilably estranged from both of your biological or adoptive parents, or only living parent, then you would be considered an estranged student.
Stand Alone have put together some podcasts answering questions from estranged students around the COVID19 situation, which can be found on their website.
Why Estranged Students may need more support at university.
University can be daunting for any student, but if you do not necessarily have common support structures at home to help you, this can add extra presssure.
If you let us know you are estranged and we can offer assistance to support you through your time at university. This includes providing guidance, emotional support, and a range of other things in between.
You may find that you don’t think you need any support at first but if things change and you find you are struggling with your studies then you should not hesitate to go along to your local support services team who will be able to help you with a range of issues.
The university is committed to providing all our students with a positive experience whilst they are studying with us and to offering the support and opportunities that help them fulfil their potential.
As an institution we have signed the Stand Alone Pledge, which commits us to supporting students studying without the support or approval of a family network. You can access our Pledge letter on the Stand Alone website.
In addition, you may find it useful to access the Essential Student Skills online resource. These interactive guidance materials were created to introduce students to various aspects of learning, including Using Technologies, Becoming an Effective Learner, Core Skills, Assessment, and more. There is no prescribed route through the resources, nor is there a specific timeframe for their completion, and all you will need to access them is an internet connection.
If you receive your funding from SAAS and are estranged, they will not take your parents income into account when assessing your entitlement to support. Full details, including eligibility, can be found here.
Stand Alone are a UK charity supporting people that are estranged. Visit their website for further information.
UCAS have information about the financial support available for estranged students, which can be found here.
Mind are a charity providing advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Visit their website for more details.