Additional support for care leavers and young carers

carers bannerWe offer a range of additional support to young carers and students who have spent time in local authority care to aid the transition from school or college to university.


Support available includes:

Young carers

Who are Young carers?

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who help to look after a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem. The last census indicated that there are around 175,000 young carers in the UK. Their educational progress may be disrupted through poor attendance, under-achievement or bullying.

Young carers outreach work

We are developing our outreach to young adult carers as we know that a number of our own undergraduates have experience of being young carers, and we are keen to encourage this cohort of students to focus on their own needs and aspirations for the future.

Events you may be interested in:

Easter School Holiday Event April 2018 - Date TBC – Young Carers University Taster Day (10:00 - 14:30), for young carers aged 15-18 years old.

Easter School Holiday Event April 2018 - Date TBC –Young Carers Activity Day (10:00 - 14:30), for young carers aged 11-14 years old.

To find out more about these events or to book spaces please contact the Outreach office on or 0121 414 8729. 

Sarah Hawkins Award for Young Adult Carers

The University is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of awards worth £2000 per year of study to young carers aged 18-25, who are currently studying at the  University of Birmingham. Students must provide evidence to demonstrate that they are young adult carers  and complete an application form if they would like to apply. Please note that recipients have been chosen for this academic year (2016/17), but the award is expected to be advertised again next academic year. Read more about this award.

Student Services

Student Services would encourage young carers to utilise the wide range of support the University has to offer its students. Student Services provide advice and support in specialist areas such as Counselling and Wellbeing, Disability, Learning Support, Mental Health and Student Funding. For further information about the support available for carers please email or visit the Student Services webpage to learn more. 

Care leavers

Students in local authority care receive priority allocation of places on all our school and college outreach events, including subject enrichment classes, individually organised visits on request and residential summer schools, all provided free of charge. 

A range of additional support is available to aid the transition from school or college to university.