Supporting Parents and Carers

parent & carers network logoAt Warwick SU, we want to support all members of the University community. Parents and carers are no exception. We want to work with you to ensure that you have a supported and enriched university experience, whatever level of study, however long you’ve been a Warwick student.

Watch this space for more information on upcoming campaigns…

Get-togethers

Parents and carers, and their families, are invited to join us in The Graduate for a half-termly get together. All welcome!

Have a bite to eat, and get involved in family-friendly activities, while you meet with like-minded students, and staff members from Warwick SU and the University. This is a great opportunity to get to know your peers, and ask the questions you’ve been meaning to ask helpful folks from the SU and University.

  • 12-1.30pm, 26th October, The Graduate
  • 12-1.30pm, 22nd February, The Graduate
  • 12-1.30pm, 12th April, The Graduate
  • 12-1.30pm, 31st May, The Graduate
  • 12-1.30pm, 26th July, The Graduate

Once you're logged in, click the button below to register your interest in the Parents and Carers Campaign. You'll receive updates on future events without having to check back on the webpage.

Nursery

The University runs a nursery for students and staff members whose children are between 3 months and 5 years. There may be quite a long waiting list for places, as the nursery is a very popular service.

International students may be able to access the International Students Childcare Fees Remission Scheme in order to help pay for nursery fees, while Home students might be able to access one of the University's Hardship Funds.

Holiday Scheme

The University runs a Holiday Scheme for ages 5-14 during the February, Easter, and Summer holidays. Sessions run 8am-6pm at the Warwick campus, with a huge range of activities offered to children taking part.

Multiple discounts are available, including an "Early University Discount", "Sibling Discount", and "Five Session Discount". If you're booking before 4th March for the Easter Holiday Scheme, you'll be eligible for the Early University Discount. The Holiday Scheme accepts childcare vouchers.

Information and bookings can be found here.

Expression Rooms

If you're breastfeeding and need a room to express milk, there are several available to use at Warwick:

  • University House (contact University House reception to book)

  • The Nursery

  • Gibbet Hill (Family and Reflection room)

  • Social Sciences (book here)

  • The Library (baby changing facilities on the ground floor, due a refurbishment in 2018)

University Pregnancy, Adoption, Maternity and Paternity Guidelines

The University's pregnancy and maternity guidelines haven't been updated since 2014, but you can find the current policy here

If you're an RCUK funded student, this briefing might be of use to you. All RCUK funded students are entitled to one full year (52 weeks) of maternity leave which includes 26 weeks of maternity leave on full stipend, followed by 13 weeks of pay at a level commensurate with employee entitlements of statutory maternity pay, and a final 13 weeks of unpaid leave. Adoption leave is granted on the same basis. Two weeks of paid paternity leave is provided. There are lots of other options for taking leave, so check with your funding provider.

Carers

If you're a student with caring responsibilities, Student Support can provide you with support during your time at Warwick, as can Warwick SU's Advice Centre. 

The NUS published a report on the experiences of students with caring responsibilities, in 2013. You can read the full report here.

Your Personal Tutor should be a point of support and signposting for you. If you find you need to take a period of Temporary Withdrawal, or submit Mitigating Circumstances for an assignment, your Personal Tutor, the Advice Centre, and Student Support can all help.