Universities supporting students with caring responsibilities

Universities supporting students with caring responsibilities

View details of Universities in the UK who have implemented dedicated support for students with caring responsibilities.

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  • Lists initiatives supporting young adult carers at universities.
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This is a list of Universities in the UK that have implemented dedicated support for students with caring responsibilities. If you would like to contribute what your university does for students with caring responsibilities to this list, contact Carers Trust

Please note, this does not claim to be a comprehensive list of universities who have implemented specific support for carers. Furthermore, Carers Trust has not checked or vetted the support promoted here by universities.

Initiatives supporting young adult carers at universities

The University of Birmingham 

Young Adult Carers Event:  2 April 2015 

This event, hosted by the University of Birmingham, was designed for young adult carers to discover and learn about university and student life. 

University lead contact for student carers: Jane Patel - call 0121 414 8489. 

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The University of Nottingham

Outreach and taster days for young adult carers

The University of Nottingham hosts outreach and taster day activities for young adult carer groups from around the Midlands. 

Student Support for those with caring responsibilities 

The Student Support Team at the University of Nottingham has a dedicated contact for students with caring responsibilities, Carole East. Students are welcome to contact Carole directly, her contact details are: carole.east@nottingham.ac.uk or 0115 9514471.

University lead contact for student carers: Emma Szembek - call 0115 8466468 or Daisy Throup - call 0115 8467336.  

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The University of Winchester

Specific outreach to young carers and young adult carers

  • The University of Winchester runs an annual residential for young adult carers aged 14+ living in the county of Hampshire.
  • The University hosts taster days for young adult carers aged 14+.
  • The University engages in partnership work with young carers projects around Hampshire as part of its widening participation work and to support young carers with life skills and career choices.
  • The University recruits young adult carer students as Higher Education Ambassadors for the University. 
  • Visit the University young carers page.

Multi-agency partnership working for young carers and young adult carers

The University of Winchester contributes annually to the Young Carers Festival organised by The Children’s Society. 

Visit the University young adults carers page.  

Compact Scheme

The University of Winchester specifically includes in its Compact Scheme, with local colleges and sixth forms, students ‘who have caring responsibilities’ or who have ‘a disrupted pattern of education’ or who have ‘problems relating to health, disability or bereavement’, among other criteria.

Postgraduate financial support for young adult carers

The University of Winchester of Winchester has a Postgraduate Access Scholarship Scheme (PASS). The scholarship provides a 20% discount on tuition fees for a number of groups including a “carer for a family member with long-term ill-health or disability”.

University lead contact for student carers: Dr Terri Sandison - call 01962 827225 or Joanne Gale-Chambers - call 01962 624890.

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York St John University

Partnership work with York Carers Centre

York St John University works closely with York Carers Centre to support young adult carers. This includes a York Carers Centre stall at Fresher’s Fair and information stalls throughout the year.

University lead contact for student carers: Anna Herbert - call 01904 876408 or Vanesa Emslie - call 01904 876970.#

De Montford University (DMU)

DMU recognises that students with caring responsibilities may have additional support needs. It has set up a webpage of useful information and contacts for student carers and encourage any student with a caring role to contact one of the designated staff for student carers.   

University lead contacts for student carers:

  • Melissa Page, HE Guidance Officer call 0116 257 7872
  • Ryan Ward, HE Guidance Officer call 0116 257 7605
  • Email: transitions@dmu.ac.uk

 
DMU organises university experience days for student carers which involves taster sessions, campus and accommodation tours and meeting current students.
 
The university is part of local networks including those run by Leicester City Council and Barnardos. It also has five UNITE Foundation Scholarships which offer free accommodation in a Unite hall of residence for three years. Student carers are a priority group for this award.  
 
For further information please contact Melissa Page.

Sheffield Hallam University

Information about support for student carers at the university is available on its website.

Pre-entry support

The Compact scheme provides extra support to students who face barriers to progressing to university due to having caring responsibilities (amongst other circumstances). Contact the Compact team on 0114 225 4231 or email.

On course support for student carers

University lead contacts for student carers – Robin Kerr and Lynette Granger, call 0114 225 3813 or email.

  • Ring round of new student carers to check how students are settling in, resolve any issues and refer to appropriate support services. Targeted emails are also sent to raise awareness of relevant opportunities and support services.
  • Information and advice pages for student carers – dedicated pages for student carers are included on the Student Advice and Information blog. Robin and Lynette also post articles on the blog about their work with student carers.
  • One-to-one advice for student carers – Robin and Lynette are happy to see any student on a one-to-one basis to discuss their caring role, give information and advice about university life and provide supported referrals to local carer organisations
  • Partnership work with local carers’ organisations – Robin and Lynette have made close links with local carer organisations to help support student carers.
  • Staff from Sheffield Carers Centre and Sheffield Young Carers’Project have also delivered training to staff in student facing roles across the university.

Financial support for students with caring responsibilities

Students with caring responsibilities who may need extra financial support because they have higher than expected costs or they have a sudden financial emergency are eligible to make an application to the Sheffield Hallam Student Support Fund. Further information is available from Student Funding and Access Support on 0114 225 3813 or via email

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University of Manchester

For more information visit the University of Manchester student carers webpage or contact Jessica Nightingale on 0161 275 2987.