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LIVE Smart: Care Leaver / Care Experienced Students

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee. Aligned with LEARN Smart

Care Leavers

Information about support at

University of Dundee for

Care Leaver/Care Experienced students

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Enquiry Centre

Enquiry Centre

Come into the Enquiry Centre with all queries and questions.

Opening Hours

  • 9am - 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 10am - 5pm, Wednesday
  • Closed for Lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
  • Extended opening hours during welcome in September.

Contact Us

Student Funding Unit

The Dundee University Student Funding Unit provides financial advice and guidance to all students. To find out more about the services on offer, visit their websiteOr you can book an appointment, pop in, call or email:

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 16:00

Tel: +44 (0)1382 384801


Where to find us: Support Hub, OTI Building (see campus map)

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Brightside Guide for Care Leavers

Life Changes Trust Aspirational Awards - Funding

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Aspirational Awards is a young people-led individual grants fund for care experienced young people aged 21-26. The grant scheme aims to support young people to think big about their future and transform their lives with a significant grant to help them reach their best potential. 



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LEARN Smart points you to information and resources that will help you in preparing for University, during your studies and in thinking about your career.

Disability Services

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University of Dundee Disability Services


University Counselling Service

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Offers free counselling to students and staff.

Emergency session for people in crisis  - please contact for available times

To find out more or to make an appointment with the University Counselling Service

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday

Tel: 01382 384164


Where to find us: Support Hub, OTI Building (see campus map)

Peer Connections


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Peer Connections is the University's welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme to help all students settle in, show you around, meet, mix and share information and experience with other students. Buddy groups are offered to all incoming exchange students by Peer Connections. Individual mentoring for new students is also offered. Find out more and sign up for a buddy/mentor online.

EaCES Handbook


The Estranged and Care Experienced

Students Handbook

Created by current Estranged and Care Experienced Students (EaCES) in the UK and the Republic of Irelandto summarise all of the advice and information we know about to support students like us and to share our own lived experiences and stories.

Coping with Stress

Learning how to cope with stress makes us more resilient.

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Check out our resource ideas for

Coping with Stress.

Care Leavers Foundation

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The Care Leavers Foundation

Provides grants to care leavers. Grant applications accepted from care leavers aged 18 – 29, although strong preference is given to those age 21 and over.

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland.

Who cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland supports care experienced people to have their voice heard and we make that happen in a number of ways.


Stand Alone

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Stand Alone provides information and support for students who are estranged from their families.

Stand Alone's helpful guide to student finance for estranged students.