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Being a carer or managing a carer

It is thought that three in five people in society will care for another at some point in their life. At Southampton, we recognise the very real issue of having to maintain a full or part time job whilst caring for another individual.

The University defines a carer as someone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs assistance as a result of illness, frailty or disability. We recognise that someone may care for another for a short period of time, for example, to recover from a debilitating illness, for longer periods of time or intermittently where an illness or disability has periods of remission.

The Parents' and Carers' Network (P&CN) aims to support the working lives of colleagues who also have off-campus responsibilities, looking after children or after adults unable to care for themselves due to old age or a disability. Please visit their website at

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