Aiming High

A young carers’ research programme

The aim of the project was to understand how young carers are affected by their caring role when attending or considering higher education. It also sought to find out specifically what their ambitions are, how much advice they get from family and school on their next steps, and whether financial concerns factor into their decisions about higher education.

Key themes emerging from the research included: guilt and other barriers to progression, the family’s role in decision-making, and the need for early practical advice and tailored information. The research indicates that financial barriers remain a significant influence on young carers’ aspirations to attend university.

Partners: University of Sussex and The Carers Centre

Funding source: Uni Connect (Innovation Fund)

SLN contact: Debra Vice-Holt

Duration: January 2019 to June 2019

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