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Estranged Students Solidarity Week

Posted on 24 November 2019

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to navigate your university studies without family support? No financial support, no emotional support, no guidance?

Estranged Students Solidarity Week

The term ‘estranged student’ describes someone who has no communication with either of their biological or adoptive parents, and the situation is likely to remain permanent.

University is challenging for all students but for many estranged students it is even more difficult. That’s why we are supporting Estranged Students’ Solidarity Week, which runs from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019. During the week, we aim to:

  • raise awareness about family estrangement and the barriers that estranged students face
  • encourage estranged students to find out what support is available

Joanna Paluch-Edwards is the dedicated contact at the Student Hub for estranged students. She can
help with a wide range of things such as student finance, highlighting opportunities and answering questions.

I think that the support that the university have given me goes above and beyond [their] job description. Helping me get full benefits financially has also helped me focus more on my academic work and my own well being.”

- Current student

Are you estranged?

If you are newly estranged or have been estranged for years, Joanna can offer support and advice. She keeps in contact throughout your time at university and also arranges socials where you can meet other students facing similar challenges.

Estranged students may also be eligible for the Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary to help with university costs. You can claim it anytime. If you think you might be eligible, email Joanna at

Support for estranged students (studying without family support)

Show you care

Chris Hoyle, a Care Experienced graduate of the University (and now a staff member), is fundraising to make sure that all our Care Experienced and Estranged students receive at least one gift this Christmas.

Donate £1 to the Christmas Stocking 2019 fundraiser