If you have caring responsibilities at home and have decided to attend University, we can try to help with managing some of the challenges that you might encounter. Whether you are staying at home and commuting into University, or intend to move into our student accommodation and travel home as much as possible, there is extra support to help you out. We are accredited by the Carers Federation with the Quality Standard in Carer Support for the support we provide to our student carers, and are members of the Young Carers’ Alliance. You can read our Statement of Commitment (Word, 64kb) to learn about some of the steps we take in supporting our carers.
When you register with us as a student, we will ask if you have caring responsibilities on your registration form. Someone from our Student Welfare Service will contact you when we have these details to make sure you are aware of all the support you can access and help you with any concerns. If you want to speed up this process or have questions before you apply or make your decision you can contact the Student Welfare Service (email@example.com) directly and they will be happy to help.
The Student Welfare Service will also discuss your specific circumstances with you, how they can help with travel, parking or finances depending on what you need. Carers may receive a bursary of up to £1000 per year and help with travel costs. They will also be able to work with your academic school to discuss flexibility with your workload. You will have a named member of staff who you will be able to contact directly during your studies and they will also agree check in points with you to make sure things are going as smoothly as possible.
The Student Welfare Service provide a range of support for students regardless of their circumstances. If you are not sure if you qualify for specific support, you are more than welcome to chat to them to see how they can help you.
There is also a Carers and Parents Network (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University if you want to connect with others in similar situations.
We have a partnership with Pathways, who work with local universities in Leicestershire. They may have additional events and information aimed at young carers, care experienced students and estranged students. Find out more about Pathways and how they can help you.
External support and information for carers
Carers Trust’s supporting students with caring responsibilities highlights examples of great work being done by universities to support student carers in England and Wales (Welsh language version available). Or if you are from Scotland, see the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award resource on the Carers Trust Scotland website.