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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 

Held a Young Adult Carers Event on  2 April 2015. This event was designed for young adult carers to discover and learn about university and student life.  The University lead contact for student carers is Jane Patel on  0121 414 8489. 

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

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 on 01904 876408 or York Carers Centre on 01904 715490.

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: transitions@dmu.ac.uk

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

University of Manchester

For more information visit the University of Manchester student carers webpage or contact Jessica Nightingale on 0161 275 2987
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8 months ago
Hi. We have put together some new posts about the Open University. Really hope they help:

The Open University in England - https://matter.carers.org/post/20465
The Open University in Scotland - https://matter.carers.org/post/20482
The Open University in Northern Ireland - https://matter.carers.org/post/20545
Free online Open University courses for carers - https://matter.carers.org/post/20497

You can also find out more about free online courses for carers on: https://carers.org/article/caring-confidence.
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11 months ago
Hello! Yes, we agree, it would be great to find out more about what the Open University can offer carers. We're looking into this Smile emoticon

And thanks for all that info, NewcastleClaire!
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11 months ago
This is fantastic to hear! May I ask do you know any information about the Open University???
I like the idea that I can stay at home to study but unsure whether they provide any further support for carers
11 months ago
•Hello Matter Team!

There is loads of great work happening with young adult carers in the Universities in the North East of England. There is a 'North East Raising Aspirations Partnership' which is a collective of 5 Universities (Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Teeside). Here is a brief overview of the project for anyone in the North East -

' The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership work closely with the Young Carers Services across the region to provide an array of activities for young people aged 14 and above with caring responsibilities.
• YouNE Cares, for young carers in Year 10-11, is a programme which aims to increase students confidence and provide them with an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and explore their options post compulsory education. The programme enables young carers to access all 5 local universities in the North East through 2 full day activities and a 3 day non-residential summer school showcasing the social elements of university life.
• Provide bespoke support for young carers aged 16+ within young carers projects, facilitating students with the research and application process. The Partnership also signpost to each individual universities outreach activity and support services.'

If anyone wants to know more about NERAP or Young Adult Carers Support in Newcastle I'd be happy to help, Claire@newcastlecarers.org.uk

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