Support for Estranged Students

Who are ‘Estranged Students’?

Estranged students are young people studying without the support of a family network, due to a breakdown in those relationships. Individuals in this position often have no contact at all with their family, or sporadic and conflictual contact.

Key causes of a breakdown of family relationships could include (but are not limited to): emotional or physical abuse, mismatched expectations about family roles and relationships, or a clash of personality or values.


Support for estranged students at the University of Glasgow

If you are estranged from your family, and you are thinking of applying to the University of Glasgow, there is a range of support and provision that we can offer. This could include free participation in one of our pre-entry programmes, a guaranteed adjusted offer of entry, year-round accommodation, and additional Bursary support.


Dedicated, named points of contact

The University of Glasgow also has two dedicated points of contact for estranged students –  Daniel Keenan and Amy McDermott. Dan and Amy can provide advice, guidance and support, from the application stage to graduation.

So, if you are estranged from family and are thinking of applying to the University of Glasgow, or if you have any questions about our entry requirements, SAAS funding, additional bursaries, or the further support the University can offer, please contact Dan and/or Amy directly.

We also encourage all estranged applicants to tick the UCAS box, which will be introduced for the 2020/21 application cycle. This self-identification will only ever be used by the University in a positive way, allowing us to contact you directly about the support and provision we can offer.


If you have any questions about our eligibility criteria for the purposes of admission, please contact Dan or Amy directly. In recognition of the fact that each person’s individual experience will be unique and particular to them, we are keen to consider applications on a case-by-case basis. The key criteria for eligibility will always be that an individual’s formal or compulsory schooling was significantly disrupted and/or affected negatively, by their estrangement. This is the type of disadvantage that our ‘estranged student support’ offer is designed to address.