Carers Trust Scotland define 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.’

College or University can be a tough time for students who also have caring responsibilities at home.  Juggling the commitments of study with those responsibilities can often make student carers feel like they are being pulled in two ways.

If you let us know you are a carer, UHI Shetland can offer assistance to support you through your time at college.  This includes providing guidance, emotional support, and a range of other things in between.

You may find that you don’t think you need any support at first but if things change and you find you are struggling with your studies then you should not hesitate to speak with Michele Kerry, Student Support Team,, who will be able to help you with a range of issues.

UHI Shetland is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for our students with unpaid caring responsibilities, to ensure a positive experience whilst you are studying with us which enables you to successfully complete your course.

Further support and advice can also be found at:    

Care Information Scotland       

Connecting Carers    


Carers UK    

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