The University is keen to offer support to student carers including a Bursary from the Hardship Fund, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs).
The Carers Bursary is worth £1,000 per year (full-time students) and £500 (part-time/first year March starter students) to eligible 'Home’ students studying on USW campuses, who are currently unpaid Carers. The Carers Trust definition of 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.” Please note that these duties would be in addition to the usual caring responsibilities that a parent would have for a dependent child.
Students who received the Bursary in previous years and students who have disclosed that they are an unpaid Carer on their 2017/18 University enrolment form will be emailed the link to apply for the Carers Bursary. They will be required to provide confirmation from a person, who is involved with the family on a professional basis (e.g., Social Worker, GP etc) that they are an unpaid carer and current bank statements. Students who were previously in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will need to provide proof from the Department of Work & Pensions that this has now ceased.
Carers who are paid a salary in exchange for their caring duties or are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance would not be eligible for the Bursary.
If you need advice regarding issues which are having an impact on your studies, please contact your Advice Zone.