The Going Higher for Student Carers: Recognition Award aims to make it easier for higher education institutions, most notably, Scotland’s 19 universities, to identify, support and report on student carers, and reward good practice.

Going Higher in Scotland supporting students carers in higher educationIntroduced in April 2017, this award incentives and encourages universities to adopt a sustainable, whole institution approach to identifying, supporting and reporting on student carers.  

To achieve the award universities will need to demonstrate that:

  • Carers are being proactively identified from matriculation to graduation, and awareness is being raised throughout the university 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, higher education institutions, specifically universities, will send a positive message to student carers that they are recognised, supported and will be given a fair chance to be successful in their institution. You can start this journey today by downloading our guidance on how to create a:

Doing so will make it clear to other institutions and the wider student body that inclusivity and fairness is at the hear of its institutions.  

We need to be more proactive from matriculation to graduation through student carer support developments. Carers Trust Scotland’s Going Higher for Student Carers campaign initiative will not only make a positive difference in my own life, but will positively impact the opportunities and support available for all student carers.”

Student Carer – North Lanarkshire

Going Higher for Student Carers: Recognition Award


PDF iconDownload the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award PDF (279 KB)

PDF iconDownload the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award Checklist PDF (93 KB)




Carers Trust Scotland is grateful to the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme and the Scottish Funding Council for their generous support, which has made the 1st edition and revised edition of this toolkit possible.  

Logo of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union



Universities that have achieved the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award to date are as follows:

Logo for Glasgow Caledonian University

Logo for University of Aberdeen


Logo for University of the Highlands and Island (Inverness Campus)