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    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).

    Inclusive support

    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, Kelly Borlase-Hendry, to see how we can help.

    Young Carer Bursary

    For students starting in September 2021, 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.

    Find out if you are eligible for the bursary and how to apply »

    Dedicated member of staff

    We have a dedicated member of staff, Kelly Borlase-Hendry, who can support you as a student carer. Kelly can provide advice and guidance to you before you start your course and throughout your journey at Oxford Brookes University, 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 Kelly to discuss any concerns you might have about the transition to university life.

    To find out more about the support Kelly can offer, watch the video below.


    Please contact our Student Welfare Adviser, Kelly Borlase-Hendry, for further information at studentwelfare@brookes.ac.uk.