Information and advice if you are a student and have children.
If you or your partner become pregnant while studying we have a web page for information and advice. We do recommend informing your Director of Studies or Lead Supervisor as soon as practically possible. This will enable them to discuss possible adjustments with you while still at university and, if required, complete a risk assessment to keep you safe throughout your pregnancy.
You may also find that you need to suspend your studies. There is further information online about suspending studies for undergraduate/postgraduate taught students and doctoral students. We recommend discussing this decision with your Director of Studies and the Wellbeing Service. In addition, please book an individual appointment with a Student Money Adviser to ensure that you are accessing all the funding you are entitled to and to ensure that your fees are correct during any period of leave or suspension.
Breastfeeding and Baby Changing
You are welcome to breastfeed on campus. There is a welfare room available in Wessex House with a fridge for expressed milk and facilities for feeding, expressing and resting. If you would like access to the room please contact Marcia Martin in the University Health, Safety & Environment (UHSE) team.
There are a number of baby changing locations on campus, a map showing these is available to download.
Childcare, Schooling and Accommodation
Westwood Nursery is on campus. It has 48 places for children aged between 6 months and school age. However, please be aware that competition for places is typically very high, so you may wish to explore alternative childcare options in the area.
If you are moving to the area and have school age children Bath & North East Somerset Council manages admissions to schools. You must have accommodation in Bath or elsewhere in the county before the council will consider your child for a place.
TeamBath offer school holiday activities.
Timetables and Attendance
As a student parent you will probably have additional responsibilities and may miss timetabled parts of your course due to emergencies or last minute changes to childcare. It is important to keep your tutors informed if you have to miss parts of your course so they can provide advice and guidance about catching up. Please consult your student handbook to check whether you have any mandatory attendance requirements. If you have any questions about this please contact your Director of Studies.
Timetables are normally published three weeks before the start of each semester. However your academic department may be able to provide you with provisional timetable information before this date to assist with planning childcare. Please be aware timetables can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Students are expected to be available for all study weeks and available to attend classes during all standard teaching hours. Standard teaching hours are 8.15am until 7.05pm (1.05pm finish every Wednesday for undergraduate students). If you need to request a change to part of your timetable please discuss this with your Director of Studies. You may be able to request to move to a different tutorial or seminar group, however it is unlikely that lecture timetables will be able to be changed. You might want to review teaching materials on Moodle or access Panopto recordings of lectures.
Money and Funding
If you are a full-time student with dependent children you may be able to claim additional funding.
Student parents bursary of £500
If you have a child or children who are financially dependent upon you, then you may be entitled to a non-repayable Student Parents Bursary payment of £500. This award is to help with additional costs you may have incurred due to looking after children during the Covid-19 pandemic. This can include additional childcare related costs, utility bills, food costs, computer related costs etc. This list is not exhaustive and other costs can be considered.
In order to be eligible you and your children need to:
- be resident in the UK
- provide evidence that you have children who are financially dependent on you in the UK
- explain what additional costs you have incurred and how these have caused you hardship
Please note: This funding is only available for the 2020/21 academic year.
In order to apply please complete this short online application.
What other funding support is available
Student parents may be entitled to additional statutory funding. This could include the Childcare Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. We would also encourage an application to the University Hardship Fund so that we can assess if you have additional financial needs that the University may be able to support.
Entitlement to benefits
Most students are not entitled to receive benefits unless you meet specific criteria. You may be able to claim certain benefits if you are a lone parent or if your partner is a student, or you have a disability. If your child has a disability you may also be also to claim certain benefits. Being a student should not affect your children's child benefit.
You can also speak to Student Money Advice about possible benefit entitlement. If you do claim any benefits please make sure you inform Jobcentre Plus of any changes in your financial circumstances.
Further advice and support
Children with disabilities
If you have caring responsibilities for a child or relative/friend with a disability or long-term health condition then we recommend disclosing this to Student Services to discuss possible support. You may also be eligible for additional funding via the Young Adult Carer’s Bursary.
International students with babies born in the UK
Becoming a parent or having parental responsibilities while at university may cause you additional stress or difficulties. Wellbeing Advisers give students help and advice on all welfare and wellbeing issues and run daily drop-in sessions throughout the year. Based within Student Services they can also refer you to other internal and external support services.
SU Advice and Support Centre
The Advice & Support Centre in the Students’ Union can guide and support you with any problems you may have during your time at Bath. They offer advice on academic issues, housing issues and some personal issues e.g. if you want to report harassment or discrimination. The advisers offer confidential, independent and non- judgemental information, advice and support.
Information for student parents from the National Union of Students (NUS).
Bath SU Mature Students Group
There is a free group for mature students and student parents at Bath to help you meet new people and make friends in a sociable and friendly atmosphere. They can also represent you to the SU and the university so encourage feedback on your experiences at Bath.
You can also speak to your Community Officer for further advice and guidance.
UCAS have information on their website for students with parenting responsibilities.
Read our blog from Stacey, a mature student with a family.