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 a local organisation who support those caring for someone living in Newcastle.

Newcastle Young Carers (NYC) exists to provide support to young people under the age of 25 who look after someone else with one of the following conditions: mental ill health, difficulties with alcohol or other substances, a long-term illness, a life-limiting illness, a disability or a learning disability.
If you, or someone you know, are currently caring for someone else, you may find that it can be difficult to be a carer while studying at university. It may be that you are missing lectures, feeling stressed and alone and are struggling to make time to have fun and socialise with friends. Newcastle Carers can offer a great deal of support to you which includes:
• Out-of-hour’s telephone helpline
• One-to-one support
• Advocacy
• Carers Opportunities Fund
• Online support
• Peer support groups
• Training
• Respite
• Complementary therapies
• Family activates
• Counselling
• Signposting and referral to other services
• And much more……

National Union of Students