ALDinHE Research Grants 15-16

Caring for Carers: A student-led investigation of specific learning development needs

Al Blackshaw, University of Strathclyde

The project aimed to investigate potential barriers which students with caring responsibilities may encounter whilst at university and create resources for the University’s VLE to help such students minimise any negative impact of these barriers. The project was carried out by a student (who herself has caring responsibilities) who undertook a literature review and also consulted institutional data from recent surveys of students carers. The outcomes of this project were some documents aimed at highlighting relevant support services to student carers, and also explaining their needs to staff. A presentation was also created which summarised this short-term internship.

Keywords: student carers, support, widening access

For more information about the project, please contact Al Blackshaw a.blackshaw@strath.ac.uk

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