The Going Higher for Student Carers: Recognition Award aims to make it easier for higher education institutions in Scotland to support student carers and reward good practice.

Going Higher in Scotland supporting students carers in higher educationIntroduced in April 2017, this award incentivises and encourages universities to adopt a sustainable, whole institution approach to Identify, Support and Report on student carers.

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 a caring role.
  • Encourages partnerships.
  • Recognises good practice.

By coming on this journey with us, higher education institutions 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. They will also make it clear to other institutions and to the wider student body that inclusivity and fairness is at the heart of its institution.

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


Download the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award PDF (239 KB)

Download the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award Checklist PDF (908 KB)

These resources have been produced as an output of the Empowering Professionals to support Young Carers partnership project. Carers Trust Scotland is grateful to the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme for its generous support, which has made this award toolkit and pilot possible.