Care Leavers

Leeds Arts University organise taster days and after school classes so that care leavers have an opportunity to experience some of the specialist facilities at the University.

What is the definition of a care leaver?

Student Finance England definition of a care leaver is:

‘At any point for the age of 16 to the start of your course, you have not been under the legal care of your parents; and, for three months or more, you have been in the custody or legal care of, or have been given accommodation by, a local authority.’

Support for Care Leavers attending Leeds Arts University

We have a dedicated care leaver contact, Anne-Marie Watkinson, who can answer questions regarding our courses and the support we offer. To talk to Anne-Marie email

On the UCAS application, students are asked if they are a care leaver or a looked-after young person. This is important because there may be extra financial support available. We encourage care leavers to tick this box. Those applicants, who have ticked this box when applying to Leeds Arts University, will be contacted by Elizabeth Crickmore to find out if there is any additional support needed before the start of term.

There is a wide range of support to help students get the most out of their time at Leeds Arts University. Go Higher West Yorkshire have a  Care Leaver Covenant which offers guidance and support for Care Leavers in higher education.

Financial Support for Degree Course

Please visit our Undergraduate Financial Support page for more information.

Student Welfare

Leeds Arts University offer one to one support with issues regarding academic work, financial matters, housing, emotional issues, health and well-being. 


We have rooms available in modern, purpose-built properties which are located within the student area of Leeds. The accommodation is surrounded by excellent local amenities and is a 20 minute walk from the University. Accommodation is provided for 365 days where required.