The National Union of Students (NUS) has revealed the experiences of students who are providing unpaid care whilst studying. The report shows the need for greater support for student carers and the negative impact this has on their academic success.
Taken from the National Union of Students website, the key findings of the 'Learning with Care: Experiences of student carers in the UK' report are significant.
- Student carers had eperienced varying degrees of support from their institutions, but in all cases there was a lack of coordinated, systematic support
- More than half of student carers (56 per cent) had seriously considered leaving their course, compared to 39 per cent of students without caring responsibilities
- Student carers who were in receipt of Carer's Allowance did not feel the benefit was adequate, but the fact that full-time students are not eligible for Carer's Allowance was considered unfair and contributing to their financial hardship
- Two thirds of student carers (67 per cent) regularly worry about not having enough money to meet their basic living expenses
- Student carers indicated lower well-being than students without caring responsibilities across all seven indicators in the survey.
- 15 per cent of student carers indicated that they had mental health difficulties, and our qualitative research shows that in some cases this can have a esrious effect on their studies.