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The University of Chester recognises that for those with caring responsibilities making the decision to study at university can be a daunting decision.  Therefore the University has a dedicated support package in place for Young Adult Carers. This includes the following:

  • A link member of staff acting as an academic liaison and support with assessment extensions, if suitable
  • Easy access to financial help and guidance, including the University’s Bursary Scheme and the Financial Assistance Fund
  • Providing help to access the various services offered by the University and key members of staff within certain departments
  • Access to support from the Careers and Employability team alongside support to apply for the Chester Employability Fund
  • A peer mentor to help with any pre-arrival queries that you may have
  • A link member of staff to talk to if there is any personal, financial or academic issue you have concerns about

The University defines the following as eligibility criteria for the young adult carer support package:

“A young person, between the ages of 18-25, who has caring responsibilities for a family member.”

If you believe you may be eligible for the young adult carer support package or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Becca Hughes is the link member of staff for young adult carers at the University, and you can get in touch with her by emailing r.hughes@chester.ac.uk.

We also offer bespoke visits for any Young Adult Carers who have made an application to the University of Chester or are considering Chester as a place to study. During this visit we can discuss support that is available to students, have a campus tour and arrange to meet with the relevant academic departments also. If you would like to arrange this visit then please get in touch with Becca on r.hughes@chester.ac.uk.