Who are Carers?

Carers Trust Scotland define a carer as ‘anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.’

Why Carers may need more support at university?

University can be a tough time for students who also have caring responsibilities at home.  Juggling the commitments of study with responsibilities at home can often make student carers feel like they are being pulled in two ways.

If you let us know you are a carer we can offer assistance to support you through your time at university.  This includes providing guidance, emotional support, and a range of other things in between.

You may find that you don’t think you need any support at first but if things change and you find you are struggling with your studies then you should not hesitate to go along to your local support services team who will be able to help you with a range of issues.

The university is committed to providing all our students with a positive experience whilst they are studying with us and to offering the support and opportunities that help them fulfil their potential.

What kind of support is available?

Where do I get support?

In addition, you may find it useful to access the Essential Student Skills online resource. These interactive guidance materials were created to introduce students to various aspects of learning, including Using Technologies, Becoming an Effective Learner, Core Skills, Assessment, and more. There is no prescribed route through the resources, nor is there a specific timeframe for their completion, and all you will need to access them is an internet connection.

Further support and advice can also be found at:

Carers Trust Scotland

Care Information Scotland