Student Carers ‘first’ at Glasgow University

The University of Glasgow is to formally launch its policy for student carers, the first of its kind for a UK university, at an event on Tuesday 6th December. The policy was instigated and developed by the University’s Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC).

The Student Carers’ Policy supports students who, at any point during their studies at the University, provide emotional or practical support to a relative, close friend, or neighbour, who is unable to manage alone. Also contained is guidance for University staff who have a role in advising or supporting students who already are or who anticipate becoming carers.

There are over 600,000 carers in Scotland and for many people taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson MSP, who will speak at Tuesday’s launch, said;

"It is important to remember that many students are carers and therefore need support to balance their responsibilities with academic studies. I welcome the University of Glasgow's development of this policy, which will help carers fulfil their own aspirations and ambitions as well as meeting the needs of their loved ones."

GUSRC’s Vice President for Student Support, Amy Johnson said;

“Every year GUSRC’s Advice Centre deals with cases involving students who are having difficulties fulfilling dual roles as a student and a carer. GUSRC developed this policy with a view to ensuring the University meets the needs of an often overlooked group who may face difficulties in coping with their academic and personal obligations.”

“GUSRC anticipate the policy having a significantly positive impact on the target group by introducing a consistent degree of flexibility and support in the University’s approach to student carers.”

The event takes place in the John McIntyre Building, by invitation only.

Notes to editors

The Policy can be viewed via the following link:

Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council represents the interests of students registered at the University of Glasgow to the University and on a national level. The representative function is augmented by the delivery of services aimed at enhancing the student experience while at Glasgow. Council comprises up to 43 elected students who meet throughout the year.

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Iain Smith

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First published: 5 December 2011