Sandra White MSP supported the launch of Glasgow Caledonian University’s new Carers Policy which has been developed with the Carers Trust, and has highlighted the achievement in a congratulatory motion to the Scottish Parliament.
The new policy will provide additional advice and guidance to students who are providing vital care to loved ones, and will assist university staff who are providing support to student carers.
Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:
“I am delighted to be able to support this excellent policy from Glasgow Caledonian University. Having a number of educational institutions within my constituency of Glasgow Kelvin, I am well aware of the many challenges that face students. Unfortunately, in certain circumstances these challenges can become obstacles that prevent individuals from completing their education.
“It cannot be overstated how vital carers are, not only to those who rely on them but also to our society as a whole. The Student Carers’ policy from GCU should therefore not only be welcomed but praised.”
Motion to the Scottish Parliament:
Motion Number: S5M-06166
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 19/06/2017
Title: Celebrating Glasgow Caledonian University’s Student Carer Policy
That the Parliament celebrates the launch of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Student Carer Policy: Student Wellbeing, which has been developed in partnership with Carers Trust Scotland during Carers Week 2017; recognises the important unpaid caring responsibilities that student carers have for a family member or friend who is disabled, has a mental illness and/or addiction problem; further recognises research that student carers are four times more likely to drop out of university than students who are not carers; considers that student carers do not always have a choice about their situation, but that proactive dedicated support can ensure they have a fair chance to reach their full potential in their education, and believes that appropriate policies and practices in the higher education sector should be endorsed to ensure that student carers are better supported and can be successful in their own education and achieve their true potential in all aspects of their lives.