Young adult carers at university
Many universities go out of their way to provide dedicated support for students with caring responsibilities. Here's what some universities have been doing to support young adult carers.
If you're working with young adult carers, you can find out more on the Carers Trust Professionals website.
The University of Birmingham
The University of Nottingham
- Outreach and taster days for young adult carers. Contact Emma Szembek on 0115 8466468 or Daisy Throup on 0115 8467336.
The University of Winchester
- Hold an annual residential for young adult carers aged 14+ in Hampshire, taster days for young adult carers aged 14+, and partnership work with young carers projects around Hampshire: Find out more
- Contributes annually to the Young Carers Festival organised by The Children’s Society and in 2015 hosted a young adult carers event: Find out more
- Includes carers 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.
- 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 is Dr Terri Sandison on 01962 827225 or Joanne Gale-Chambers on 01962 624890.
York St John University
De Montford University
- Have 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. See Student carers
- Organise university experience days for student carers which involves taster sessions, campus and accommodation tours and meeting current students.
- Is part of local networks including those run by Leicester City Council and Barnardos. They also have five UNITE Foundation Scholarships which offer free accommodation in a Unite hall of residence for three years and £3,000 p.a. living costs. Student carers are a priority group for this award.
- University lead contacts for student carers: Melissa Page, HE Guidance Officer on 0116 257 7872, Ryan Ward, HE Guidance Officer on 0116 257 7605, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield Hallam University
- Have a dedicated Support for students with caring responsibilities webpage.
- 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
- Support student carers in a number of ways including ringing round to check how they have settled in, resolving issues and sending carers emails to make them aware of opportunities and support services.
- University lead contacts for student carers – Jess Inglis and Fran Fuentes, call 0114 225 3813
- Have dedicated information and advice pages for student carers on the Student Advice and Information blog.
- One to one advice for student carers
- Have close links with local carers’ 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.
- 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 Financial Support on 0114 225 2184 or via email