All applicants under the age of 18 on commencement of their studies are required to provide us with details of a guardian

Thank you for applying to the University of Plymouth. We require all applicants who will be under the age of 18 on commencement of their studies* to provide us with details of a guardian in line with our safeguarding policy.

Please note your guardian must be living in the UK with a UK postal address, be able to speak English and over the age of 18. The guardian will be contacted by the University in the case of an emergency or in other situations where a guardian may be required.

The guardian cannot be a student at the University of Plymouth or University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) unless they are a sibling or family member of the applicant, where they must also satisfy the requirements stated above.

We do this as part of our approach to supporting students under the age of 18 who will be commencing study at the University.

Please ask your guardian in the UK to complete the form above, please note it must not be completed by you.

Completion of this form is a condition of your offer so it must be completed by your guardian and returned in order for your offer to become unconditional, when other offer conditions have also been met. 

  • Please note we may contact the person you have nominated as your guardian to verify their details and to confirm they are prepared to act in this capacity for you
  • If you do not know an appropriate person in the UK who could undertake to be your guardian, you will need to engage the services of a professional guardianship company.
  • Details of these organisations can be found via The Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students. Applicants will need to provide proof of their contract with the agency. The Guardianship Agency may be contacted by the University to check they have the correct details registered for the University.
  • The UK guardian (including friend/family member or guardianship agency) does NOT act as legal guardian for the under 18 applicant or student, this responsibility remains with the parent or legal guardian. The role of the UK guardian for University study purposes will cease on the 18th birthday of the applicant/student.
  • If you are progressing from UPIC to the University section of your course and you are still under 18 at this time, you may wish to continue to use the same guardian assigned for your UPIC study.

*By this we mean the start date of your induction week in the relevant academic year that you commence your studies.

  • If you decide to cease your arrangement with a UK based guardian you must inform the University as soon as possible. You will be required to obtain another guardian in the UK if you are still below the age of 18 at that time. 
  • If your guardian or their details change before or during your study with the University of Plymouth, it is important that you notify the University as soon as possible, using the contact email addresses below.
  • We would appreciate it if the nominated guardian could also contact the University on these email addresses, if the student ceases their arrangement with them before their 18th birthday. (before enrolment) (if you hold a Student visa) 

Post enrolment, please select the correct email address for your Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business (including Plymouth Business School, Plymouth Institute of Education, School of Art, Design and Architecture, School of Humanities and Performing Arts, School of Law, Criminology and Government)

Faculty of Health (including Peninsula Dental School, Peninsula Medical School, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Psychology)

Faculty of Science and Engineering (including School of Biological and Marine Sciences, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences)

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Information for applicants who will require a Student (formerly Tier 4) visa:

Please note we will be unable to issue you with a CAS until all the conditions of your offer, including completion of the guardianship form, have been met.

Please read the information given here carefully to ensure your guardian will satisfy these requirements. Your guardian must complete the form, it must not be completed by you.

If you are progressing from UPIC to the University section of your course and you are still under 18 at this time, you may wish to continue to use the same guardian assigned for your UPIC study.