Young adult carers at university

Young adult carers face a hard time at university. They feel they are being pulled two ways – on the one hand they want to do well at their studies and become independent, and they also feel they need to care for their families.

I have higher levels of stress than others because of the constant worry for those back home

This is backed up by Carers Trust research:

  • Half the days they spent at college or university were affected because of caring. This could be coming in late, leaving early or absence for the whole day.
  • Young adult carers are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than their peers.
  • 42% had paid employment alongside time spent in education and caring to support them in their studies.

 That is why we are asking all universities to include young adult carers when they look at the different groups that may need extra support to fulfil their potential.
It only takes three simple steps:

  • Identify the number of young adult carers attending your university.
  • Support all young adult carers throughout their education to ensure they maintain good mental health, complete their course and achieve the best grades possible.
  • Report on young adult carers progress to showcase universities' achievements.

We want to make sure that young adult carers are not forgotten by universities when they think about which groups of students could benefit from more support. Your Student Union Welfare Officer is in the perfect positions to bridge the gap between students and the university – that is why we want to have as many of them supporting the campaign as possible.

Find out how to get involved: