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    We are proud to have signed the Stand Alone Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to support estranged students at Oxford Brookes. The Stand Alone Pledge requires an institution to submit a letter of support from the vice-chancellor and an action plan detailing what resources and commitments the university intends to make in order to support its estranged students.

    If you are irreconcilably estranged from both your parents, you are a UK student who is under 25 and you are considering full-time undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes, there is a lot of additional support that the University can offer you.

    Student bursary

    For students starting in September 2021, Brookes offers a £2,000 a year bursary to those students who meet the estranged student criteria. This does not have to be paid back.

    Find out if you are eligible for the bursary and how to apply »

    52-week guaranteed accommodation

    Estranged students who meet the criteria are entitled to guaranteed accommodation in our halls of residence for 52 weeks as long as they have selected Oxford Brookes as a firm choice on their UCAS form. We can also help with kitchen and bedding packs.

    To find out more about halls of residence and other accommodation available, please visit our accommodation pages.

    Dedicated member of staff

    We have a dedicated member of staff, Kelly Borlase-Hendry, who can support you as an estranged student. Kelly can provide advice and guidance to you before you start your course and throughout your journey at Oxford Brookes University, and can assist you on a range of issues such as:

    • Personal support
    • Funding and money management
    • Teaching and learning support
    • Liaising with Student Finance to ensure they treat you as an independent student to make certain you get the maximum funding you are entitled to.

    Support meeting

    Once you have been offered a place with us, you can talk to Kelly to discuss any concerns you might have about the transition to university life.


    Please contact our Student Welfare Adviser, Kelly Borlase-Hendry, for further information at studentwelfare@brookes.ac.uk.