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Rachel Farmer (Exeter)
Welfare Consultant – Widening Participation

Alex Lewis (Penryn)
Education Welfare Manager


Students with caring responsibilities

Who is a student carer?

The Carers Trust defines a carer as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

As a carer, coming to university may present its own unique challenges, and can often involve balancing studies alongside travel home and additional caring responsibilities. However, you’re not alone. At the University of Exeter, we are committed to supporting student carers, and there is a range of information and advice available to help you.

If you would like more information, require support, or have any questions regarding how the university can support you - before you apply or at any stage of your course the Exeter Cares team are here to support you across your student journey, you can contact us via or complete the self-referral form at the bottom of this page.

Personal Statements

The UCAS website has lots of advice and tips on how to write a successful personal statement, including bespoke advice for student carers.

Exeter Scholars (Yrs 10-13)

As a young carer, you may be eligible to be part of the Exeter Scholars programme. Becoming an Exeter Scholar can be achieved by completing one of four unique pathways that include a range of specific events and activities. This free programme gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge about university, and experience what it is like to study a subject of your choice at university level.

Open Days/Offer Holder Visit Days

If you would like to meet up with a member of staff while attending an Open Day or Offer Holder Visit Day, we would welcome you getting in touch to arrange this in advance. Please contact Natalie Bracher to make arrangements by emailing . We will be more than happy to discuss any queries that you may have.

We appreciate that you may have additional costs related to being a carer. If you are a full-time student with children or adult dependants you may qualify for extra financial help.

Undergraduate carers are able to apply for a Carers bursary. This bursary is not fixed, and will be dependent on your situation. You will need to be a registered student at the university to apply for the bursary. For further information, or to find out about any additional funding, please contact the Students’ Guild Advice Unit on

Our advisers, on both the Exeter and Penryn campuses, can help you to develop personal learning strategies and discuss specific questions relating to your work. You can develop your skills as critical thinkers and writers, and learn new tips for success.

For further information, please visit:

The University of Exeter also runs a Parents’ and Carers’ Network, which is an informal support system for all staff and postgraduate students.

Mitigating Circumstances

If you feel illness or other adverse personal circumstances may affect your ability to undertake an assessment you may be able to apply for an extension or a deferral through what the University calls the ‘Mitigation Process’.  There is more information and guidance about the process on the Student Welfare site.

If you have any questions about this process please contact your HUB Info Point in the first instance. You can also get independent advice from the Students’ Guild (Streatham/St Luke’s) and FXU (Penryn/Truro) Advice Units.

The University of Exeter offers career and employability support and guidance throughout your time studying with us, with continued support after you graduate. The Career Zone offers a wide variety of programmes, including fully funded internships and mentoring schemes to support your entry into the work place. These programmes offer the flexibility to create your own internship, financially supported by the Career Zone.

For further information please see the Careers website, or contact:

Exeter Career Zone (Exeter campuses)
01392 724493

Penryn Career Zone
01326 253735

If you would like more information, require support, or have any questions regarding how the university can support you, we recommend that you get in touch by completing the self-referral carers declaration form. After completing this form, you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss any support needs you may have, be offered advice, and can be signposted to relevant University staff.

Rachel Farmer (Exeter)
Student Support Welfare Caseworker

Alex Lewis (Penryn)
Education Support Manager

The Students’ Guild Advice Unit and FXU’s Advice Service can also provide confidential and unbiased guidance with any academic or wellbeing issues that may arise. Contact them via email below.