The Open University has this week, launched the Carers Scholarships Fund, which will provide 50 UK-based carers with a full fee-waiver scholarship of up to £18,000 to study an OU course of their choice. To ensure young carers are also encouraged to apply, 15 places have been reserved for those between the ages of 18-25.
As we mark Carers Week (10-16 June), it is reported that there are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, providing unpaid support for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction. The tasks that they perform can be unexpected and difficult to plan around; disrupting everyday life, from relationships and health to finances and work. The practicalities of studying can be difficult for carers of any age, who often feel guilty about going to university or find it difficult to commit to a timetable because of their other responsibilities.
“I have wanted to get a qualification for many years but due to family commitments can neither afford to, nor is it practical to, travel from home. This seems like it would be a wonderful opportunity.” – Anonymous
The OU is the ideal place for carers to study, with its open access entry policy and distance learning model that provides the most flexible way to study. Online assignment submission, discussion groups and contact with tutors ensures that those who cannot attend tutorials do not miss out. Registered carers are also able to access tailored support services including equipment and a distinct understanding of their personal needs.
“I am excited to endorse The Carers Scholarships Fund. This is a huge opportunity for carers to progress their education and their careers. It also demonstrates to carers how valued they are, how vital they are to our society and how they are part of a community, not struggling alone.”
Applications for the Carers Scholarships Fund open in March 2020. For further information, please visit https://giving.open.ac.uk/carers or contact XXX
Find out more
About the Carers Scholarships Fund
To get involved with Carers Week