QMU welcomes and actively supports applications from Student Carers.

We know that coming to university can be daunting for anyone.

We also recognise that if you have caring responsibilities then you may require additional support and advice to help you through your university journey.

If you are a carer considering applying to QMU, or you are already registered as a student, please contact our named Student Carer contact, Callum Maguire , who will be able to advise on the support we offer for Student Carers.

See our key documents below:

Queen Margaret University Policy on Supporting Student Carers

 

 

Who We Support

To be eligible for support we may ask you for evidence of your Student Carer status. Our definition of a Student 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”. Ordinarily this does not include parents and carers of children, except where a child has particular care needs resulting from a disability. Students who are parents and carers of children can be supported through the Childcare Fund and the Discretionary Fund, and should seek advice from their Personal Academic Tutor or the University’s Student Funding Advisor based within Student Services.

The definition above does not apply where a student has a work placement or paid employment as a carer.

Support We Offer

To help you get to QMU, we can provide you with:

  • Advice on routes through education, including college opportunities
  • Support to complete your UCAS application and personal Statement
  • A guaranteed offer to the course you have applied for at the minimum entry requirement

Once you arrive at QMU we can offer you:

  • Individualised advice about funding and financial support
  • Priority places on transition and support activities such as QMAdvance and QMConnect
  • Priority access to opportunities for paid employment on campus
  • Recognising the need to arrive late or leave early in order to place your cared for person(s) in appropriate daytime care
  • Agreeing periods of authorised absence and making arrangements for you to catch-up on lectures/tutorials missed for reasons relating to caring responsibilities to ensure that you are not at an academic disadvantage
  • Providing timetables, wherever possible, at least one month in advance to allow you to make necessary alternative care arrangements and recognising that you may not be able to attend academic activities in the event of late changes to timetables
  • Ensuring that you have adequate opportunity to make up missed time e.g. through access to any missed materials, or rescheduling of practical activities
  • Taking account of caring responsibilities on courses that require an external placement. Priority should be given to ensuring the placement is within reasonable travelling distance to accommodate care arrangements
  • Providing, where possible, sufficient notice of placements to allow the arrangement of alternative care

 

Who to Contact

Please contact Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, if you would like to find out more about how we can support you at QMU.

In Callum’s absence, please direct enquiries to Iliyan Stefanov, Head of Student Services

 

External Support

SAAS

SAAS have created this document specifically for Student Carers detailing what funding might be available to you: https://www.saas.gov.uk/_forms/student_carers.pdf 

 

Carers Trust Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland is the largest provider of carers support services in Scotland. To find out more about what they do, please visit their webpages.

 

Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland can help by giving advice, information and support. To find out more about how they can help, please visit their webpages.

 

Mind

Mind work to ensure people look after their mental health. They have local carer support groups that can be a huge help for people. Visit these webpages for up to date information.

 

National Union of Students

This NUS webpage has some helpful advice and guidance for student carers.