Carers Trust Wales teamed up with Swansea University to offer young adult carers a chance to experience university life.

Being a carer can take its toll on a young person's education. Research conducted by Carers Trust last year found that young carers tend to miss or cut short 48 school days every year, the knock-on impact of this meaning many young carers don't think that university is within reach.

So as part of the Going Higher Wales campaign, Carers Trust Wales teamed up with Swansea University to provide young adult carers with a taste of unviersity life. The day included a taster lecture in Criminonlogy, a tour of campus, and sessions on student finance and applying to university.

One carer commented: "I found the lecture really interesting, and I found out a lot of information about university – all of the questions I had have been answered."

Whilst another said: "Student finance isn’t as complicated as I thought it was."

The importance of support at university

Alex Atkins, a carer and graduate of University of Wales Trinity St David, also attended the day to share about her experiences.

She said: "The taster session really helped young people understand that you can study at university even if you are a carer.

"If universities do not support young adult carers to study at degree level, then they are not supporting all young people to fulfil their potential.

"I personally feel that carers bring qualities that their peers may not have, like being exceptional organisers and always striving for the best in their lives."

Carers Trust Wales' Education Officer, Elizabeth Taylor, said: "It was fantastic to see young adult carers realising that university is not out of their reach." 

Find out more

To find out more about the Going Higher Wales campaign, email Elizabeth Taylor.