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What is the Student Carers Bursary?

A Carer is defined as “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. A carer is not a parent, unless they are caring for a disabled child, nor does it include caring responsibilities as part of a voluntary placement or paid work (e.g. child/pet minding) whether inside or outside the student’s course.”

UCLan students who declare their caring responsibilities to Student Services will be supported in a number of ways, including financially, and may be eligible for a bursary of £500 through our Financial Support package.

If you are in financial hardship or would like to see if you qualify for further support, please complete an application for our Hardship Fund.

For more information about this bursary and eligibility criteria, please click on the links below:

You MUST disclose your status as a Student Carer via the application form to be considered for the Student Carer’s Bursary. 


Eligibility

A carer is defined as ‘anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction, cannot cope without their support’. A carer is not a parent, unless they are caring for a disabled child, nor does it include caring responsibilities as part of a voluntary placement or paid work (e.g. child/pet minding) whether inside or outside of a student’s course.

Residency

The Carers Bursary is for UK/Home students registered on a course. A UK/Home student is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions (the same conditions apply to eligibility for external student funding support, for example, the maintenance loan). Usually this means you have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK, and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for four years prior to the start of your course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Overseas and EU students who are eligible for tuition fee support will not be eligible for the Carers bursary. For further information on support available if you are an EU or Overseas Student please contact The Student Union Advice and Representation Centre or The <i> Student Information and Support Centre 

Student Union Advice and Representation Centre Email: SUAdvice@uclan.ac.uk / Telephone: 01772 89 4000

The <i> Student Information and Support Centre Email: Thei@uclan.ac.uk / Telephone: 01772 89 5000

 

The criteria detailed below defines the UK/Home students that can apply for the Student Carers Bursary:

1) Undergraduate students, either full time or part time, including part time distance learners, following a higher education course, including sandwich courses and any period of placement. All students who study part-time courses on or after 1 September 2021 are required to study at least 25 per cent (30 credits) FTE in each year.

2) Full-time and part-time students on a postgraduate course (including distance learners) following a course that is a minimum of 1 year, and providing that part-time postgraduate students are studying at least 50% per academic year for courses starting before 1 September 2021 and 25% per each academic year for courses starting on or after 1 September 2021 of a full-time equivalent course.

If you would like more information about the support that UCLan provides to student Carers, or, if you need to declare your Caring responsibilities, please visit our Carers webpage.

Unfortunately, students on Degree Apprenticeship courses are not eligible to apply for the Carers Bursary. We recommend that you contact the Students Union Advice Centre for further advice about any additional financial support that may be available. 


How the Bursary is Assessed

All students will be asked to declare their status as a student carer when they complete their online enrolment at the start of each academic year.

All student carers are supported by our Wellbeing team and one of their advisors will contact every student that declares their status at enrolment to advise them about the support available and to ask them to complete our online disclosure form.

If you need to disclose your status as a student carer after you have completed online enrolment, please do so as soon as possible via the disclosure form.

If student carer status is declared more than 9 months after the first day of a student’s course, they will not be eligible for the Carers Bursary in that particular academic year. These students will still be able to access other types of support through our Wellbeing team.

Application Processing Times

The first Student Carers Bursary payments will be made week commencing 5 October 2020 and we will run a payment list each week up until week commencing 28 June 2021 for students that declare their status as a student carer after enrolment.

Student Carer disclosures are managed and processed by our Wellbeing team. Please visit their webpages for more information about the disclosure process.

Students that are eligible to apply for the Student Carers bursary can submit an application for support once per academic year and must reapply and provide evidence each year of their studies to be considered for continued support.

For Financial Support Enquiries:
Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: thei@uclan.ac.uk