The University of the Highlands and Islands has been recognised for its work to support student carers. The organisation collaborated with Carers Trust Scotland to achieve the Going Higher Award.

Introduced in 2017, the award encourages universities to adopt sustainable approaches to identifying, supporting and reporting on student carers.

The university completed and made an ongoing commitment to a number of activities to achieve the award. This includes providing information and support to student carers, raising awareness through staff training and celebrating the successes of student carers.

The news comes ahead of Carers Week which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June. The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Welcoming the award, Dr Iain Morrison, the university’s Dean of Students said: “We are delighted to have achieved this award. Research by the Carers Trust Scotland has shown that carers are less likely to access higher and further education and that student carers are more likely to discontinue their studies. We want to do everything we can to help carers access educational opportunities and to provide a supportive learning environment for student carers.

“Our university partnership of colleges and research institutions provides flexible learning pathways, allowing students to fit their study around the other commitments they may have.” 

Carers Trust Development Officer Amy Copsey said: “We are delighted that the University of the Highlands and Islands has achieved the Going Higher Award for Student Carers. The award demonstrates its ongoing support for and commitment to unpaid carers in their journey through further and higher education.”

To find out more about the ways the University of the Highlands and Islands supports student carers, visit www.uhi.ac.uk/en/students/support/carers