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Many students combine their studies at university with having a family. Whether you already have a child or are about to become a parent, here at Keele we are committed to supporting students who are parents. We want to make sure that you can make the most of the opportunities available at Keele whilst balancing university life with your parental responsibilities. Whatever your situation, it is important to let the University know, so that we are able to ensure that you have access to all of the correct support.
A Dedicated Contact for Student Parents
Student parents at Keele benefit from a dedicated contact within the Money and Welfare Team, which means you have a central point of contact for any queries or concerns you may have as a student parent. The dedicated contact for student parents is Katy Lockett, who works as part of a team in the Student Services Centre so there will always be someone available to help should you need it.
If you have any questions about studying at Keele and the support available for student parents, please get in touch.
If you would like support and advice prior to your arrival please get in touch with the dedicated contact in the Student Welfare Team, who can answer any questions and concerns you may have and can also help to make any arrangements you need to ease your transition to university. You may wish to make an appointment with the dedicated contact for student parents in your first few weeks at Keele to have an informal discussion about how we can support you throughout your time at University.
We also run events and activities that can help to support you prior to your arrival at Keele:
Once your place at Keele has been confirmed you can choose to be matched with a Keele Mentor who can provide peer support before your course starts. Your mentor can answer any questions you may have about the course and University life and share their experiences.
We run a number of Pre-Arrival events which take place before Welcome Week begins, including specific events for mature students and local and commuter students. These events give you the opportunity to meet other new students and help you to get to know the campus. For more information about these events please visit:
Having a family can be rewarding, but juggling your responsibilities as a parent with university study can also be very tiring and place demands on your physical and emotional wellbeing. It is important that you look after yourself as well as your family.
At Keele we offer a range of services to help students who are struggling with personal and emotional issues.
The Student Welfare Team can offer advice and guidance on a range of different issues that you may face at University. If you would like to speak to an adviser you can contact them by phone, email or attend one of the daily drop in services. For more information you can visit the Student Welfare webpages or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselling and Mental Health
University can be an exciting time but it can also bring with it stress and challenge. The Counselling and Mental Health service can offer you one-to-one support and appointments as well as workshops and group work.
Disability and Dyslexia Support
If you have a disability, including specific learning difficulties or mental health and wellbeing issues the Disability & dyslexia support Team can advise on a wide range of support to meet your individual needs. It is a good idea to contact the team before you arrive at Keele University to discuss any support you may need.
Keele Health Centre
Keele has its own GP based on the Keele campus. Keele Practice serves the whole of the Keele University Campus, Keele village and certain areas in Newcastle.
For more information or to register as a patient visit www.keelepractice.co.uk
As a student parent, you may be entitled to additional funding to support you during your university studies, including Parents’ Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant if you are eligible for Student Finance.
If you have an adult dependant you may also be able to claim the Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG). You can apply for additional funding that you may be entitled to via Student Finance England.
Keele Bursaries and Scholarships
The university may also be able to offer additional financial support in the form of bursaries and scholarships. We also offer a Hardship Fund to enable us to offer financial assistance and support to Keele students who are experiencing higher than expected costs, or who find themselves facing serious financial difficulties during their course. For further details about financial support please visit:
You can also contact our Money Advisers on 01782 734481 or email email@example.com.
Every student is allocated a personal tutor who is there to support you with both academic and any personal issues that may arise. Students are invited to initial personal tutor meetings when you start your course, and we recommend that you discuss any responsibilities you have which may have an impact of your studies or your ability to attend classes.
From time to time we understand that you may experience difficulties in keeping up with academic work or with attending classes if problems occur at home. In these cases, it's likely that your department will ask you to complete an Exceptional Circumstances form, which will allow the school to take into account any difficulties that you may be experiencing and they may be able to offer flexibility in your deadlines and assessments.
If you have clashes between your timetable and your parental responsibilities you need to discuss this with your department to see if it’s possible for alternative options to be put in place. You can also discuss this with the dedicated contact if you feel you need additional support in relation to this. It may not always be possible for timetables to be changed, but by talking this through with appropriate staff in your department, other solutions may be available.
As a student parent, we understand that you may find it difficult to attend exams scheduled at certain times of the day. Therefore, if due to caring responsibilities you are unable to attend University examinations on a particular day of the week, or at a certain time of day, you should complete a Caring Responsibilities Form and submit this to the Examinations Team. Please see the Student Records and Examinations webpages for further information.
Accommodation for Students with Families
Keele has only limited accommodation for families on campus, however we can assist in helping you find suitable off campus accommodation for you and your family.
Child Care Provisions
Here at Keele we offer on campus childcare support at the Keele Day Nursery. For information on nursery fees, booking places and funding please contact the nursery or visit www.keele.ac.uk/nursery. You are encouraged to make an initial enquiry to the nursery as soon as you apply to Keele, as places at our nursery are very popular and can fill up quickly.
T: 01782 733394
Off Campus Childcare Options
To find out about childcare options in the local area please visit:
You can find out about local primary, secondary and special needs schools by accessing the official database, which provides information on Ofsted reports and school performance.
Maternity and Paternity Support
If you need to take time out of your studies for Maternity or Paternity leave, there are processes in place for this at Keele.
If you require a short term period of leave, you can talk to your school about the possibility of arranging this.
For longer term periods of leave there is a Leave of Absence process, which is usually for a semester or a whole academic year. If you would like to discuss your options please contact a member of the Student Welfare Team.
A Student Parent's Experience
Read about Kym's experience of being a student parent here.