University recognised with carers award

University recognised with carers award

The University of Aberdeen has become one of only three higher education institutions to win a top award for the support it provides to students who have caring responsibilities.

At a ceremony that took place in Glasgow, the University received the Carers Trust’s Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award.

Introduced in April 2017, the award encourages universities to adopt a sustainable, whole institution approach to assist student carers.

The University has worked with the Carers Trust since 2015, and quickly became a supporter of its Going Higher in Scotland national campaign which aims to raise awareness of student carers and their issues.

In 2017 the University introduced its Student Carers Policy and Action Plan, which was developed in consultation with the Carer’s Trust.

Chris Sojka, Widening Participation Officer at the University of Aberdeen, said he was “absolutely delighted” to collect the award on behalf of the University.

He added: “This award is further testimony to the caring and supportive community here at the University.

“We are fully committed to supporting applicants and students who have a caring role, and the University offers a range of support to carers during both the application process and throughout their studies.

“I look forward to continuing our work with the Carers Trust to develop improved support to applicants and students.”