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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Information for Carers

Juggling caring responsibilities with work and study can be a challenge. Caring for a child, disabled or elderly parents, or other adult dependent such as a family member or friend can take both a physical and emotional toll on the care giver. We encourage our staff and students with caring responsibilities to discuss their caring responsibilities, in confidence, with their line manager or someone in their College or Department to help identify areas of available support.

The activities provided by a carer vary widely and can include:

  • help with personal care;
  • help with mobility;
  • managing medication;
  • practical household tasks such as shopping and cleaning;
  • emotional support; and
  • help with financial matters or paperwork.

The staff or student carer may be living with the person they provide care for or have to travel away from Durham to attend to their caring responsibilities.

Carers and Careers in Academia: What Works?

Carers and Careers in Academia: What Works?

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This film aims to: - raise awareness of carers, including in relation to the disproportionate effects of caring responsibilities on women’s careers - encourage the development of practices and approaches which have proved to be effective in this area The film is based on interviews which were conducted on a London campus in Spring 2018. Drawing on the narratives of four women (two higher education (HE) policy-makers involved in addressing gender and care based inequalities and two academics who are caregivers), the film provides a compelling and engaging account of academic carers’ experiences and of practices and policies in this area (‘what works?’). The film is the result of a close collaboration between Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau (Anglia Ruskin University, formerly based at the University of Roehampton) and film director Timur Bernard. For more information on this Small Development Project, undertaken with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (now Advance HE):


Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI, 01913346761

Mark Callaghan, EDI Policy Officer, 01913346763

Athena Enderstein, EDI Policy Officer, 01913346762

Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Policy Support Advisor, 01913346760

Louise Herron, EDI Co-ordinator, 01913346522;

Julia Guy, Project Support Officer, 01913346765;