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Students with caring responsibilities

We have a number of support options in place. These include:

There are also options which can help you with academic study when both support and flexibility are important. These include:

If you are a student with caring responsibilities and you feel that you may need some support please get in touch via our Student Gateway or your designated Personal Tutor.

Who is a carer?

A student carer is a student of any age who provides unpaid support to someone who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner, or friend who is ill, frail, disabled, or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

This could also be long-term or short-term care. Short-Term could be something such as supporting someone with recovery following an accident and Long-Term can be helping someone with a long-term illness. 

We understand that sometimes this may bring additional pressures and challenges to your life and study at University and we encourage you to get in touch and find what support is available for you.


Useful Links

Carers.org  - Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

Carersuk.org - Gives carers expert advice, information and support as well as campaign and innovate to find better ways to reach and support carers.

Sunderland Carers - Provides support for people who look after others. 

AgeUK - Support with caring for an older person

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