An increasing number of us will have responsibilities for looking after, or caring for, adults at some points in our lives. However, there’s little known about young adult carers at university.
Young adult carers are defined as those aged 18 – 25 who provide unpaid care for an adult family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction.
In the UK, Carers Rights Day takes place on Thursday 24 November and aims to:
- make carers aware of their rights
- let carers know where to get help and support
- raise awareness of the needs of carers.
If you’re a student parent or carer, you can find information and resources on StudentHub to help you plan your time and get the support you need.
Get involved in our research project to improve the experience of student parents and carers
Here at NTU, we’re undertaking a new research project exploring the experiences of young adults who are studying and caring, and the issues they face. The project aims to review and improve the support available throughout your time at NTU, from applications, admissions and student support, through to successful transition into employment or further study while juggling caring roles.
We’re interested in speaking with you if you’re:
- aged 18 – 25, and
- currently (or have previously been) caring for, or looking after, an adult family member or friend.
To find out more about the project and to get involved, please contact Dr Louise Oldridge, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management.