Inverness College UHI Receives Going Higher Award

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday July 16 2018

Pictured: Evelyn Campbell, Inverness College UHI access and progression manager, and Anna Czekala, Inverness College UHI school link and transition co-ordinator.

Inverness College UHI has become one of the first institutions in Scotland to receive the Carers Trust Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award.

Student carers often find it difficult to attend university and struggle to balance study with caring for a loved one, which can lead to them leaving their course early.

Over the last year, the college has been working towards achieving the Going Higher award, which sends out a positive message to student carers that they are recognised, supported and given a fair chance to succeed.

Evelyn Campbell, Inverness College UHI access and progression manager, said:

“We recognise the difficulties student carers face attending college or university and they are four times more likely to drop out than their peers.

“I am absolutely delighted to achieve this award because it sends outs a clear message to any carer considering study that we will do our upmost to help them succeed, and that inclusivity and fairness is at the heart of what we do.”

Louise Morgan, director for the Carers Trust in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said:

“We are delighted that Inverness College UHI has become one of the first institutions in Scotland to achieve the Going Higher for Student Carers Recognition Award.

“This award highlights the institution’s commitment to proactively support student carers to help them fulfil their potential.

“It is vital that together we raise awareness of student carers and ensure they are at the forefront of the higher education agenda in Scotland.”

Support for student carers offered by Inverness College UHI includes additional funding, absence flexibility where necessary and a dedicated person to help them throughout their learner journey.

Staff receive training to support student carers, while the college runs coffee mornings and lunch meetings to help these students develop a support network.

A close working relationship with support group Connecting Carers means students also have access to further support.

 

 

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