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At Staffordshire University, we realise that many of our students are parents. The information included on this page is aimed at supporting you as a student with children throughout your academic journey.

General support information

The University's current student section has support information on a range of topics for all students, including student parents

Academic Support

If you feel you need academic support, this is available to you on the Academic Skills page.

Several lengths of appointment are available.

  • Standard appointments are 30 minutes
  • If it is your first appointment, or you feel you need more time, you may book an Extended appointment which will provide an hour's personal tuition
  • Quick discussions of 15 minutes are also available

All appointments are currently online due to currently measures in place to combat Covid-19.
Make an appointment

AccessAbility Services

Staffordshire University is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential. For this to happen we recognise that students may, from time to time, require support. AccessAbilty Services can provide individually tailored support.

To book an appointment please use the Booking form.

If you have caring responsibilities or care for a child with disabilities, you may also be eligible for additional support so please do get in touch.

Based in the Trent Building,
Leek Road,

Drop-in appointments are available via the Student Hub

All appointments are currently online due to  measures in currently place to combat Covid-19.


Careers and Personal Development

We appreciate that you may need to work alongside your studies. The Careers and Personal Development team  can do everything to help you not just onto the careers ladder, but up it too. Everything from CV building, interview training and assessment tools, to work shadowing opportunities and the chance to get work experience and temporary jobs from our recruitment and employment agency, Unitemps.

Careers can be accessed via the Student Hub or at

All appointments are currently online due to current measures in place to combat Covid-19.

International Students

For international student parents, International Student Support (ISS) aim to provide you with support, guidance and help right from the day you arrive in the UK to the day you graduate.

All appointments are currently online due to current measures in place to combat Covid-19.



Staffordshire University has a wide range of resources available to you as a student. More information about the resources can be found on the Library Services webpage.

There are subject specific librarians that can provide you with support in identifying appropriate resources for your area of study – for more information visit Subject Librarians.

In addition to the library resources available to you, we also have a Children’s Library which was officially opened on 10th October 2018 at This means that your children can access books and other resources whilst you are using the nearby PCs. This is not a childcare service but will help to keep your children entertained whilst you are working in the Library.

Nursery facilities

The University have an on campus childcare facility that caters for children from birth to five years.

There are a range of sessions available to meet with your study and work needs and the nursery are happy to give you plenty of time to talk through your options so that you can make an informed decision on the care of your child.

However the nursery can be in demand and operates a waiting list system, so we would advise you to organise a visit and request a place as soon as possible.

View our latest OFSTED Report for Staffordshire University Nursery.

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The Mature, Parent & Carer Network

The Mature, Parent & Carer Network is for any student parent or carer who is studying here at Staffordshire University. Every month there will be a chance to meet up with fellow students in one of the Students' Union venues and it's an opportunity to relax, have a laugh and meet like-minded people.

The network is run by students, for students and aims to deliver a wide range of family friendly events throughout the year, where students and their families will be able to meet up and have fun.

Facebook Group (membership needs to be approved) - Mature, Parent and Carer Network 

Twitter: @maturenw

Student Finance

As a student with children or dependent adults you may qualify for extra financial support from Student Finance e.g. none repayable grants.

For more info: Funding and Financial Support.

Student Guidance Advisors

There are Student Guidance Advisors based within each School and they can help you with a wide range of educational issues as well as offering specialist information and support.

For more info: Student Guidance Advisors

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is a member led organisation that strives for the best experience for students. The Union is here to represent and support you as well as offer great social spaces for you to enjoy.

Students' Union
College Road,

Reception open 8am - 8pm weekday
Tel: 01782 29462

Students' Union Student Advice Centre

The Student Advice Centre provides free, factual, confidential, independent and impartial advice.

Their aim is to empower students to create their own best experience.

You can contact the Student Advice Centre by popping into the reception, by phone or by email to confirm Adviser availability.

There are also drop-in Advice Point sessions which take place between 10am and 3pm, Mon - Fri (please note these are not pre-bookable appointments).

Reception Opening Times
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 8pm (Term time only - shorter hours apply in vacation periods)

Student Advice Centre (above the Ember Lounge),
College Road,

Tel: 01782 29462


Totem is a student discount card, which gives you access to over 200 UK student discounts.

More information about the discounts available and how to buy the card are available at Totum - NUS Card

Need more information or want a chat?

The information on this page is regularly reviewed so please let us know if you feel any more needs to be included by contacting our Equality Co-Ordinator - Portia Bentley.  If you have any questions, please contact her:

Portia Bentley
t: 01782 294613