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Parents & Carers' Network

St Mary’s is committed to supporting all staff who identify as carers to achieve a good work life balance in order to continue excelling at work whilst being able to balance their caring responsibilities. 

Our University Parents & Carers’ Network provides an opportunity for carers to meet for peer support as well as an opportunity to feed back and inform the support the University provides for carers.


Please contact Michelle Munro, if you would like to join.


National Carers Week
7th-13th June 2021

To help create a supportive working environment for those of you with caring responsibilities, we have joined Carers UK and will be planning activities for staff to mark National Carers Week (7-13 June 2021). Further details to follow.

Ted & Talk: A Mother and Son’s Photographic Journey Through Dementia
Thursday, 17th June at 1pm

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The spontaneous images that resulted sparked a years-long collaboration, with Luciani documenting his mom's life and spirit as she lived with dementia. In this touching talk, he shares the stories behind some of their favourite shots, capturing the joy and grief of caring for an aging parent. 

In honour of Carer’s Week, join us as we watch this Ted Talk together and discuss as a group afterwards. 

For more information, please email

Young Carers Action Day
16th March 2021

We worked in partnership with the Carers Trust to support this annual event to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young carers, and the huge contribution they make to their family’s wellbeing.

Our pledge:

St Mary’s University pledges to support all our young carers unleash their potential by building aspiration and skills improving pathways to employment, and recognising the skills young carers bring to the workplace