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, or 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 Award if appropriate.
- Discuss with the student access to additional support which may be of benefit e.g. signposting to Wellbeing Services, Academic Success Programme etc.