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Sunday 20 September

Student carers


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. (Carers Trust)

Anyone can be a carer although you may not realise it at first you may think of yourself as a parent, sibling, grandparent, partner, son, daughter, grandchild, neighbour or friend. Caring responsibilities may include: personal care, household management (e.g. managing finances), physical care, emotional support and practical tasks.

At Anglia Ruskin University, we are committed to ensuring that you are fully supported throughout your studies and we understand that your caring role means that life can be complicated. It may be that you arrived at university knowing that you would be caring for somebody or you may have unexpectedly become a carer whilst you were a student.

If you're a Student Carer, please let us know at

Time for yourself

It is important that you look after your own wellbeing as well as being a carer. This does not mean that you should abandon your caring role, but having a break from your responsibilities and having some time for yourself can be beneficial to yourself and the person that you care for. This can also help you to succeed in your studies.