Going Further for Student Carers: Recognition Award

The Going Further for Student Carers: Recognition Award aims to make it easier for Scotland’s 27 colleges to identify, support and report on student carers, and recognise good practice.

The Going Further for Student Carers: Recognition Award aims to make it easier for Scotland’s 27 colleges to identify, support and report on student carers, and recognise good practice.

Launched on 14 March 2019, this award incentives and encourages colleges to adopt a sustainable and whole institution approach.  

Carers Trust Scotland is grateful to the Scottish Funding Council for their generous support, which has made the Going Further for Student Carers Recognition Award and the work surrounding it possible.  

Scottish Funding Council data for 2018-19 shows that:

  • 11,965 student carer enrolments took place across the 27 colleges in Scotland. 
  • 82% of student carers are aged 25+.
  • 71% of student carers are female.
  • 16% of student carers are from a BME background. 
  • 7% of student carers are care experienced. 
  • 26% declared that they have a disability. 
  • 6% of student carers declare having a mental health difficulty.

We also know from our research that:

 All in all, carers face a difficult time at college. Often student carers feel that they are being pulled two ways, often more, if you take employment and trying to have time to socialise with friends and family. On the one hand carers want to do well in their studies, be independent, achieve their goals, ambitions and aspirations; and they also feel that they need to care for their families or friends.

That is why we are asking all 27 colleges in Scotland to make student carers count when they look at the different groups that may need extra support to fulfil their potential.  

Our engagement with student carers and other stakeholders demonstrates time and again the extremely challenging conditions endured by student carers that is negatively impacting on them being able to enter, sustain and meet their true potential at college. 

It’s Time for Student Carers to Be Heard in Scotland 

To achieve the Going Further Award colleges will need to demonstrate that:

Carers are being proactively identified from enrolment to completing their college course, and awareness is being raised throughout the college all year round.

Carers are being supported to give them a fair chance to be successful in their studies and maintain positive health and wellbeing.

Student carer progressions are showcased, and evaluation tools are used to celebrate achievements and make improvements so that appropriate support is delivered.

Key features of the Recognition Award:

  • No cost to apply and complete.
  • Direct support from Carers Trust Scotland.
  • Clear guidance to develop student carer support.
  • Raising awareness of students with an unpaid caring role.
  • Encourages partnerships.
  • Recognises and celebrates good practice.

By coming on this journey with us, colleges, will send a positive message to student carers that they are recognised, supported and will be given a fair chance to be successful.

We would like to also thank the College Development Network for its continued support to ensure that students with unpaid caring responsibilities have equal access and inclusion within Scotland’s colleges.  

Colleges that have achieved the Going Further Award