Studies have shown that students who are estranged from their families feel unacknowledged, invisible and sensitive to judgement and stigma around family situations. Estranged students don’t have support and approval from their families and often have no contact with them at all.
Whether you’re after advice, information on what support is available or just need someone to talk to, we’re here to help. We are committed to helping you achieve your degree with further support so please do come and speak to us.
Are you estranged?
To be considered irreconcilably estranged from your parents, you won’t have had any written or verbal contact with either parent and this is unlikely to change. It would usually last for a period of at least twelve months, but all cases would be considered.
You can find out more about what we did for our Estranged Student Solidarity Week in November 2019.
We understand that estranged students can face a greater disadvantage while searching for year-long accommodation. The University of Exeter can provide access to accommodation all year round, including the holiday periods, to remove the obstacle of having to find temporary vacation accommodation.
Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme
The Unite Foundation is a charitable trust that focuses on enabling young people under 25 to make the most of educational opportunities. The Foundation offers generous scholarships for estranged students and/or care leavers. Each scholar receives free accommodation for three years in the Unite student building and the award is complemented by access to activities and opportunities that support scholar employability. For more information and to download an application form, visit www.unitefoundation.co.uk/get-a-scholarship
Where you can get help
Get in touch with our Advice Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.exeterguild.org/advice/about/ for drop-in session times
Stand Alone Pledge
The University of Exeter supports the Stand Alone Pledge, which will help to provide support for estranged students in the following areas: financial, accommodation, wellbeing, peer mentoring, careers and employability.
For more information, visit http://www.thestandalonepledge.org.uk/