Student Carers

Newcastle University’s Student Health and Wellbeing Teams recognise the specific needs and challenges student carers can face, including that you may not even be aware that you are a carer.
The Carers Trust define a ‘carer’ as,
“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”

If you are a carer we are here to support you in any way we can, whether that be:

• Helping you to build a supportive social network through our Chaplaincy Team

• One of our Student Wellbeing Staff working with you and your academic school to create a Student Support Plan, which may include adjustments to your academic commitments. To discuss support and adjustments please make an appointment with an adviser within the Disability team. You can request an appointment in one of the following ways:

- In person at the reception desk, Level 2, Kings Gate
- By email
- or by completing the web enquiry form

• Offering you support though our Counselling Team and Disability Teams

• Helping you to access first rate and accessible Sporting Experiences

• Supporting you with budgeting and financial hardship, via our Student Financial Support Team

• Providing you with free mindfulness and meditation sessions

• Support you to link with local and national specialist carers agencies


If you’re coming to Newcastle University:

• Let your supervisor or personal tutor know about your caring responsibilities as soon as possible.

• Take advantage of all of the support and learning resources available through the Academic Skills Kit.

• Combat isolation by linking with one or more of the many Student Union Societies

• Access independent academic, financial and housing advice from your Student Advice Centre

• Call Nightline for out-of-hours listening support


Other Sources of Support and Information for Student Carers

Carers UK
Expert advice, information and support for carers


Newcastle Carers

Newcastle Carers is an independent charity based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. They provide information, advice and support to anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has an illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction. Newcastle Carers are funded to support carers of people living in Newcastle though they also provide support to student carers if they are unable to access support where the person they look after lives.

If you, or someone you know, are currently caring for someone who couldn’t manage without support, you can contact Newcastle Carers via their information line 0191 2755060 (mon-fri 9am-5pm) or you can drop in and see someone or email – see their website for more details. Newcastle Carers can offer a great deal of information, advice and support to you which includes:

• One-to-one support via telephone, email, text or face to face
• Advocacy
• Carers Wellbeing Fund Grants
• Online support at
• Peer support groups and activities
• Training
• Complementary therapies
• Counselling
• Signposting and referral to other services
• And much more……

Often carers find it hard to reach out and get help for themselves but it can be beneficial to access support as soon as you realise that you have a caring role in order to ensure that caring doesn’t have a negative impact upon your health and wellbeing and your university experience.

National Union of Students