University: Set up societies for student carers, graduate says

2023-06-09 13:59:52  • 4 mins

By Sion Pennar

BBC News

University societies should be set up for students with caring responsibilities so they feel less alone, a graduate has said.

Emma Walker from Abergele, Conwy, recently graduated from University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham.

She said often people mistake caring as "doing chores around the house" when it is taking care of someone else.

A group that represents universities across Wales says student carers are offered pastoral and financial aid.

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"Maybe there could be societies made up within universities and within student unions specifically for carers or carers with disabilities or all of them put together.

"Then maybe someone like me would know I'm not alone in this university."

Her mental health suffered at university, in part due to homesickness.

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