Whatever age you are; whether it’s always been a dream to go to university, or you’ve previously done a degree and fancy the idea of doing it again, Sheffield Hallam University are keen to reduce the number of obstacles for you to be able to do so. It may seem like the last thing you could do on top of caring for someone at home.  But if you like the idea of learning something new, but aren’t sure how it would work alongside caring, or how this would financially impact on you or your family, why not come along for a ‘Carers Student Open Day’. There would be absolutely no obligation to apply to university after this – it is simply a day to ask the questions and see if it might be right for you.


Programme for the day

The layout of each day is based around the core university open days (http://www.shu.ac.uk/opendays/about-events) in which you would be able to look around the campus and find out about the courses you might be interested.  In addition, we are offering a chance to discuss balancing caring and studying and any immediate concerns about that, with a Carer Support and Information Worker from Carers in Sheffield . You will also be able to meet other carers who are thinking about university.  Following this, there will be an informal talk led by a student advisor from Sheffield Hallam University, specifically aimed at carers. This will primarily cover what Student Services can offer to carers, and how studying might impact on you financially.  Sheffield Hallam are very happy to take ideas of what you would find useful during this discussion so please do let us know any particular questions you’d like to ask.   You would then be free to look round the university as part of the day, and have an opportunity to find out more about the subjects you’re interested in.

The upcoming open days are:

Sunday 4th October (Undergraduate (including part-time))

Saturday 17th October (Undergraduate (including part-time))

Wednesday 21st October (Postgraduate Study Fair)

Sunday 1st November (Undergraduate (including part-time))


If you would like to come to one of these days, it is essential that you let us know so that we can plan suitably.  Please contact Rosie in the Carer Support and Information Team, on 0114 272 8362 or rosie@sheffieldcarers.org.uk to discuss further.