Students with Caring Responsibilities

Student with Caring Responsibilities

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Many students combine their University studies with caring responsibilities, such as caring for children, disabled or elderly parents and other adult dependants.

Students with caring responsibilities

Your situation could mean that you have caring responsibilities just in the short term, such as supporting a family member after an accident. You could have a longer-term caring role, such as being a parent.

We understand that coping with caring responsibilities can be challenging. They are likely to add extra pressure on you whilst you are studying for your degree. This may lead to you having trouble keeping up with your academic work or with maintaining regular attendance.

If you find that your caring responsibilities are affecting your studies, it is important that you make the relevant staff within your college aware of your situation. This will allow your college, along with CampusLife, to help provide you with the support you need in order to succeed at Swansea University.

Practical advice & tips

Student Carers

CampusLife are committed to supporting students with caring responsibilities and have recently devised a package specifically for Student Carers.

A student Carer is defined as a student who cares, unpaid, for a 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 a serious illness, mental health problems or disabilities.

The package includes a large amount of support and students will be required to provide supportive evidence in order to access the package. For more information on the 'Student Carers Package' please visit the website.

Practical advice & tips

Money@CampusLife

Money can be a worry to everyone. If you’re a parent/an adult is financially dependent on you/a carer/or a care-leaver, you may be eligible for additional grants. For more information on what you are entitiled to please visit the Money@CampusLife website.

Childcare

Coming to University with the responsibility of a child can seem very stressful, especially when trying to arrange childcare.
The Student’s Union provide high quality and affordable childcare for children aged 3 months - 8 years. They aim to assist all students who are returning to higher education.

The nursery operates from Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.00pm.

•Full day (7.30am - 6:00pm), £35.00
•Morning Session (7.30am - 1:00pm), inclusive of lunch £24.00
•Afternoon session (1:00pm - 6:00pm), without lunch £24.00

Swansea Employability Academy

Worried about getting a job after graduating? SEA provides a wide range of services and resources, which are available to all Swansea University students and alumni (up to 5 years after graduation), including:

•Programmes of employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.

•The Swansea Employability Award (recorded in your Higher Education Achievement Report).

•Work experience programmes.

•Resources for job hunting, finding work while you study and volunteering.

•Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.

•Access to information on a wide range of career management topics.

•Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding.

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