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The University of Southampton
Parents and Carers Network


We are a group of now over 200 members with shared interests and responsibilities, who offer each other informal peer support. The Network is a support system that goes beyond a monthly meeting, with new links and friendships always forming.

Members meet for an hour once a month at lunchtime. Sometimes we have an informal networking meeting to meet other parents/carers within the University.

On other occasions we hold an organised skills or information workshop, often following members' own suggestions. Speakers and facilitators may be University staff, or invited guests. Many topics will be relevant to everyone. Others are more specialised.

Find out about future meetings , and see what we did in the recent past.

Become part of the Network

New members are always welcome: please do contact us .

The Network's Co-Chairs are Laura Howells and Claire Partirdge, who are working hard behind the scenes to restart activities soon.

Several P&CN members have set up independent social media sites that are open to all families in Southampton and you can also follow the network on Twitter @UoSPCNetwork

You can find the details on the right of the P&CN homepage . If you would like to recommend a similar site or discussion forum, or set up one yourself, we can publicise it here.

How the Network began

P&CN was founded by Lisa Hanley , who worked in marketing and events roles within the University between 2005-2022 and established the Parents and Carers network in association with the Diversity Team after returning from 12 months' maternity leave in February 2012.


Many of us have a parenting role alongside our University jobs: as birth parent, step parent, grandparent or through adoption or fostering.

Latest events

Keep up to date with the latest news from, and about, Parents and Carers. Suggestions for events and news items are welcome. Please contact us if you would like an event or news item added.

Caring for adults

Some of us currently care for an adult unable to look after themselves through old age or a disability, or may be planning for this possibility in future.

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