QMU welcomes and actively supports applications from Student Carers.

We know that coming to university can be daunting for anyone.

We also recognise that if you have caring responsibilities then you may require additional support and advice to help you through your university journey.

If you are a carer considering applying to QMU, or you are already registered as a student, please contact our named Student Carer contact, Callum Maguire, who will be able to advise on the support we offer for Student Carers - cmaguire@qmu.ac.uk

See our key documents below:

Queen Margaret University Policy on Supporting Student Carers



  • Who We Support
  • Support We Offer
  • Who to Contact
  • External Support

To be eligible for support we may ask you for evidence of your Student Carer status. Our definition of a Student Carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support”. Ordinarily this does not include parents and carers of children, except where a child has particular care needs resulting from a disability. Students who are parents and carers of children can be supported through the Childcare Fund and the Discretionary Fund, and should seek advice from their Personal Academic Tutor or the University’s Student Funding Advisor based within Student Services.

The definition above does not apply where a student has a work placement or paid employment as a carer.

To help you get to QMU, we can provide you with:

  • Advice on routes through education, including college opportunities
  • Support to complete your UCAS application and Personal Statement
  • A guaranteed offer* to the course you have applied for at the minimum entry requirement

*We will try, wherever possible, to guarantee you a place on the specific course you have applied to, but this will not be possible in every circumstance. 

It might not be possible to offer you a place on your chosen course if, for example:

  • it is a course with lots of applicants and not many places; or
  • places are strictly limited by the Scottish Government (e.g. Education Studies (Primary), Nursing, Paramedic Science).

In some subject areas minimum entry requirements also include successful performance at interview or audition, or a successful portfolio assessment. Where entry to a course is determined largely by interview, audition, portfolio assessment or similar, we will guarantee your progression to that stage of the application process.

Your performance at this stage will determine whether you are offered a place. 

Once you arrive at QMU we can offer you:

  • Individualised advice about funding and financial support
  • Priority places on transition and support activities such as QMAdvance and QMConnect
  • Priority access to opportunities for paid employment on campus
  • Recognising the need to arrive late or leave early in order to place your cared for person(s) in appropriate daytime care
  • Agreeing periods of authorised absence and making arrangements for you to catch-up on lectures/tutorials missed for reasons relating to caring responsibilities to ensure that you are not at an academic disadvantage
  • Ensuring that you have adequate opportunity to make up missed time e.g. through access to any missed materials, or rescheduling of practical activities
  • Taking account of caring responsibilities on courses that require an external placement. Priority should be given to ensuring the placement is within reasonable travelling distance to accommodate care arrangements
  • Providing, where possible, sufficient notice of placements to allow the arrangement of alternative care


Please contact Callum Maguire, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach, if you would like to find out more about how we can support you at QMU - cmaguire@qmu.ac.uk



SAAS have created this document specifically for Student Carers detailing what funding might be available to you.

Carers Trust Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland is the largest provider of carers support services in Scotland. To find out more about what they do, please visit their webpages.


Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland can help by giving advice, information and support. To find out more about how they can help, please visit their webpages.


Carers of East Lothian

Carers of East Lothian supports all adults in a caring situation in East Lothian to get information and services to help their individual caring role, enhance their own wellbeing, and strengthen their collective voice to improve services. To find out more how they can help, please visit their webpages.


Edinburgh Young Carers

Edinburgh Young Carers is a voluntary organisation that provides respite and support to young people between the ages of 5 and 20 who care for somebody at home. To find out more how they can help, please visit their webpages.



Mind work to ensure people look after their mental health. They have local carer support groups that can be a huge help for people. Visit these webpages for up to date information.


National Union of Students

This NUS webpage has some helpful advice and guidance for student carers. 




Student Carers Enquiries

Please contact Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, if you would like to find out more about how we can support you at QMU.

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Student Carers Enquiries

Callum Maguire
0131 474 0000