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Estranged Students Support

Please note that in light of ongoing restrictions around COVID-19, many of our usual programmes and events have happened virtually and will continue to do so at present.


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Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Estranged students typically have no contact with their biological parents and often even with their wider family for varying reasons.

At Durham University we recognise that it may be particularly challenging starting and studying at university without the support of a family network. Durham University is committed to supporting all those who have the merit and potential to succeed on one of our degree courses regardless of background. We particularly welcome applications from those who have experienced estrangement from their family.


Individual advice and support

If you would like support during your application, have a query or would like to clarify anything, you can get in touch with Megan Clark and Rebecca Duckworth by emailing:

You will be signposted to support available such as personal statement advice, finance support and deadline dates.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of support.