Support we offer
The Student Support Team are here to provide support for students with a caring responsibility. We understand that every students’ circumstances are different and with that in mind, we work with you to create a personalised package of support.
Here are some ways we might be able to help:
To support students during their exploration and application to HE, our dedicated pre-entry point of contact in the Widening Access and Participation team can offer bespoke information and advice to young adult carers on accessing higher education and can work with students on a 1 to 1 or group basis.
The team can also visit students in their own school or college, as well as organise bespoke tailored visits to the University campus to meet with current students and staff.
The Student Support Team are on hand to support you. At Edge Hill we’ll be here to support you from the very start of your studies or apprenticeship programme. You can even access support before you get here. There’s also pastoral support available whilst you’re here.
You may also wish to access support to help you navigate the challenges that come with university life, connecting you to support and services to help you succeed.
If you’ve got some questions or you’re after some extra support, drop the team an email at [email protected].
When you study with us, you’ll have access to our Careers Team. You can chat to the team about employability opportunities during and after your studies. And the support doesn’t stop after your graduate. You can keep in touch with the team for three years after you graduate.
As a young adult carer, you are part of the widening participation group. This means you get access to ‘Get Ahead’ appointments with the Careers Team. In these appointments you can:
- get the support you need to help you reach your goals
- get support writing your CV
- get support making job applications
- chat about anything careers related
‘Get Ahead’ appointments are 30 minutes long and will be with your dedicated Employment Adviser. Your Employment Advisor will also support you in accessing additional guidance from a Careers Adviser when needed.
Book an appointment This appointment type is available to students who are identified in the University’s Access and Participation Plan. If you feel that you should be able to book one of these appointments but can’t, please submit an ‘Ask a Question’.
The Student Support team offer a mix of in-person and virtual appointments.
Who is a young adult carer?
Young adult carers are:
- Aged between 18 and 25
- People who care for, or look after, a family member, friend or other individual, due to disability, chronic or terminal illness, mental health difficulty or drug/alcohol dependency or another reason.
Learn more about young adult carers.
Claiming Carers’ Allowance
Studying full time may have an impact on your eligibility to access Carers Allowance. Usually, full-time students are not eligible to claim Carer’s Allowance. If you are already claiming Carers’ Allowance prior to starting your degree, your eligibility for this benefit will cease when you enrol. It is important that you ensure to notify the Benefits Agency that you have started full-time study to make sure you do not receive any overpayment.
Find out more about Carers Allowance eligibility from the .gov website.