Student carers

At Oxford Brookes University, we recognise that the responsibilities of a student carer can have a significant impact on a student's University experience as well as their ability to engage with their studies.

Some students may not regard themselves as being an 'official carer'. At Oxford Brookes, we recognise carers as those “who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction” (definition from Carers Trust).

We want to make sure student carers get the most out of their time at Brookes and have full access to all our support services. If a student meets the student carer criteria, we can discuss an Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) tailored to particular needs and circumstances. Please contact our Student Welfare Adviser to see how we can help.


Young Carer Bursary

For students starting in September 2022, Oxford Brookes offers a £500 a year bursary to those students who meet the young adult carer criteria. This does not have to be paid back.

GBS students are not eligible to apply for this bursary.

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Dedicated member of staff

We have a dedicated member of staff who can support you as a student carer. Our Student Welfare Adviser can provide advice and guidance to you before you start your course and throughout your journey at Oxford Brookes, and can assist you on a range of issues such as:

  • personal support
  • gathering evidence of caring responsibilities
  • funding and money management
  • teaching and learning support
  • local support and networks.

Support meeting

Once you have been offered a place with us, you can talk to the Student Welfare Adviser to discuss any concerns you might have about the transition to university life.