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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) recognised for work to support student carers


By Andrew Dixon

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UHI has collaborated with Carers Trust Scotland to achieve the Going Higher Award.

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

Dr Iain Morrison, the university’s dean of students, said: “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: “The award demonstrates its ongoing support for and commitment to unpaid carers in their journey through further and higher education.”

For more about the university’s support for student carers, visit www.uhi.ac.uk/en/students/support/carers

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