Where do we fit in?

Student Parents looks into how students are classed by the government and university institutions, and how this affect student parents well being, and choices they make.

Do you find that there is never any support, advice or information out there that is specifically designed for you as a student parent at university?  Do you always get classed as a postgraduate, or mature student? When you are looking to fund your studies whilst being a parent, do you find there is nothing that is really tailored to your needs?

While you may not realise it, student parents face these problems every day, and the reason for this mainly comes from the fact there has been very little research into what student parents need. (more…)

Friends, family and teachers: What do they think?

You may often wonder what’s really going through the minds of your friends, family and teachers when you become a student parent. Luckily for you, Student Parents found out! We spoke to Kitiara, whose friend and housemate fell pregnant while studying at university, Siada, whose husband

Kitiara and baby Lily

moved to England to study, and a teacher and lecturer of studying parents. (more…)

Kitiara’s poem

Kitiara’s friend and housemate, Katy, fell pregnant in her second year of University. Kit wrote a poem for her, which we thought you may like to read:

-Kitiara Pascoe

Kit also spoke to us about her thoughts on Katy’s pregnancy. Read the post here.

Case Study- Kaniz Chowdhury

Kaniz and Kaysam

Kaniz Chowdhury is studying a Masters in Science at Leed’s university. She has one son, Kaysam. Kaniz told Student Parents about the many issues she’s faced, including childcare, and her son becoming ill during her January exams.

‘I love being a student parent, but it is also very challenging. There is very little support and studying has not been easy!’

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Does your university offer accommodation for you?

Student Parents contacted the top 50 universities in the U.K. to try and find out which universities offer accommodation for students. Getting the results was tougher than we thought it would be, but here they are. https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?snapid=S445310_ROF

Click on each red tag to find out which university offers accommodation to student parents, how much they offer, at what price, and if childcare is on site.
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Student Parents: A Legacy

For many Student Parents, university can be quite a lonely place. Whilst the main focus of most students will be where the next night out will end up; those with children have priorities that most 18-21 year olds haven’t even begun to comprehend. We spoke to student parents who told us how important sharing advice and experiences with others ‘in the same boat’ is to feeling part of the student community.
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Case Study- Helen Lakomska

Helen ran the Student Parent Society at Leeds University last year. She has a daughter named Lilka. She shared her story with Student Parents.


Lillie and Robyn

Leeds Student Parent Easter Party

Ball pits, musical bumps and a free buffet were all part of the fun at Leed’s annual student parent Easter party! Though it was a long way from London, Student Parents made the trip to be part of what was a great day.

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Case Study- Claire, a Real Mother in Law

Legal exams are a walk in the park compared to having a baby according to Student Parents case study Claire.

Claire, a Law student from south London explains to student parents how she has coped with her law degree and single-handedly raising two children.
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Tida Mercedes – Full time Masters student and full time Mum

Tida is currently studying for a Masters whilst also raising her 8 year old daughter. After falling pregnant as an undergraduate Tida was enrolled in full time education for most of her daughter’s early years and has now returned to studying. She has some experienced advice for those parents out there thinking of going back to education and the main problems that need tackling.

Tida Mercedes – from Rebecca Tyers on Vimeo.

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