Support For Student Carers

Pre-Entry Support

  • A named contact
  • Regular communication (email/social media) about Swansea University life
  • Exclusive visits to the university organised through named contact
  • Help with planning and arranging accommodation for both term and vacation time (if required)
  • Assistance with Student Finance Applications through our Money@ service
  • Financial assistance to attend Open Days/interviews
  • A meet and greet service for Open Days, interviews, applicant visit days and arrivals weekend
  • Aspiration and awareness raising events in collaboration with local Carers Networks. Student Carers are not currently a Reaching Wider target.

Whilst Studying

  • Regular meetings with named contact
  • Student Carers can apply for a bursary of up to £500 Full Time or £250 Part Time (pro-rata) to help them with travel or equipment costs. The number of bursaries for 2017-2018 will be capped at 30.
  • Priority access to Swansea University’s Opportunity Fund
  • Access to a range of other support services from disability services to mental health support and Counselling
  • Carers forum
  • Access to local carers support networks
  • Car parking access (subject to availability)

 

Definition

 “A student who cares, unpaid, for family member or a friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”  Please note that these duties would be in addition to the usual caring responsibilities that a parent would have for a dependent child, unless the dependent child has serious illness, mental health or disabilities.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are a ‘Home’ student (EU and International students are not eligible).
  • You are enrolled on an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Course.
  • Full Time or Part Time (*Part Time will be paid on a pro rata basis).
  • Be an unpaid carer (see above for definition) for a family member or friend who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without your support.

 

Evidence

 To access the support package, you will need to provide one of these sources of evidence to show that you are a carer:

  • A supporting letter from an appropriate professional, for example your GP, other medical professional or manager of a Carers' Centre.
  • Document evidencing that you are, or have been, in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.
  • A supporting letter from a local voluntary sector young carers project on their headed paper or via email from the organisation concerned.
  • A supporting letter from your school or college explaining and confirming your status as a carer for someone with long-term ill-health or disability on their headed paper or via email from the organisation concerned.
  • In addition, you will need to provide your award letter from your relevant funding body, for example, Student Finance England/Wales or the NHS.

 

Please note:

  1. Students will be required to re-evidence each year in order to be awarded a bursary and will be expected to make CampusLife aware if their situation changes during the course of the year.
  2. Students will also need to supply bank statements to prove that they are not receiving carers allowance as a student.

 

Support for Short-term Student Carers

The University recognises that students may find themselves in the position of being a temporary carer at some point during their studies. This could be because a family member has had an accident, been diagnosed with an illness, is undergoing treatment and the student needs to take on additional caring responsibilities for a short period whilst they recover.

Due to the temporary nature of these caring relationships it is not always appropriate for students to receive the same level of support as those who are long-term carers.

The University can still offer students with short-term caring responsibilities the following support:

  •  A named contact from Welfare@CampusLife to offer support and guidance through ongoing meetings as appropriate.
  • Liaison with the student’s college, with their permission, to facilitate support.  This can be in the form of assisting with applications for extenuating circumstances or exam deferrals to ensuring that the College is aware that the student’s attendance may suffer due to short term caring responsibilities.
  • Facilitate access to Money@CampusLife for financial advice and support to access the Swansea University Opportunity Fund if appropriate.
  • Discuss with the student access to additional support which may be of benefit e.g. access Wellbeing Services, Academic Success Programme etc.