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Students with caring responsibilities

At UCL, we understand that people with caring responsibilities may encounter some difficulties starting or preparing for university that their peers are less likely to experience. 

We use the term 'young carer' to define a young person who cares unpaid, for a friend or a family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. 

Below we've described how UCL's Access and Widening Participation team can support young carers in their journey to university. 

Applying to university to start in autumn 2022?

We have a small number of spaces available on Causeway Education's Application Mentoring scheme: the mentoring takes place on a secure online platform and provides you with the tools you need to develop an outstanding application to university. You will be paired with a specially selected mentor who will be able to give you in-depth feedback on personal statement drafts, plus advise you on your post-18 options. 

Applications are open to current year 12 students who are forced migrants, young carers, care experienced, estranged from family, or disabled. If you are successful, Causeway Education will get in touch with you to explain the next steps. 

Please fill in the application form here. Applications will close on the 16th June: we will let you know whether or not you have achieved a place on the scheme by 25th June. 

Opportunities for school or college students

We welcome young carers who attend a state school to apply to any of our widening participation activities. Whether you want to have a taste of university life, get some tips on the application process or learn more about the different subjects on offer, then make sure you submit an application to one of our programmes. Please also note our general eligibility criteria

Events and activities specifically for young carers 

We have the Student Shadowing Scheme which is an opportunity for students to come to UCL for the day and experience what life is really like as a student. You'll accompany a current undergraduate student to a lecture, go on a tour of the campus, and receive one-to-one advice on funding and support. 

Pre-entry support 

If you have any questions about applying to UCL for undergraduate study (or applying to one of our widening participation activities), you are encouraged to contact Suzanne Hewings (s.hewings@ucl.ac.uk) who is the pre-entry point of contact for young carers: she can give you information and advice about the application process, or help you navigate UCL's admissions, support or funding services. 

Current offer of support at UCL 

If you have applied to UCL, or you are currently studying at UCL, and would like to learn more about the various forms of support UCL has to offer young carers, then please visit the Student Support and Wellbeing webpage. If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to speak to someone in person, please contact Natalie Humphrey on the below contact details: 

E: student.wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk 

T: 020 7679 0100 

If you don't feel you quite fit the definition of a young carer but have caring responsibilities, then please get in touch with the Student Support and Wellbeing team who will be happy to discuss what support they can offer. 

Other sources of support 

We recommend taking a look at the Young Carers Trust's website. They have the most up to date resources and advice on anything from legal support and knowing your rights, through to wellbeing and mental health. 

The Children's Society also has lots of useful information and a website specifically for young carers called Include