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aising a child while at University is no easy task, but support is in place to help you along the way. If you’re starting at Oxford with a child, you may feel as though nobody else is in your situation. However, you’re not alone – Oxford is home to a number of students with de- pendents, both graduates and undergrad- uates, and lots of support is available.


Whether you’re a mother or a father, a good first point of call as a student par- ent would be the section on the OUSU website for student parents (www.ousu. org/welfare/student-parents-and-child- care) where a PDF of the Student Parent Handbook is available. The University website (www.ox.ac.uk/students/shw/ childcare) also has lots of information regarding childcare and funding. As well as this, the OUSU Student Advice Service (advice@ousu.org) is happy to answer any queries applicants with children may have and if they can’t answer your question, they’ll be able to direct you to someone who can. For example, they can point you in the right direction for information on funding, childcare services and accom- modation, and can help students deal with their colleges.


The University and a number of colleges have their own schemes to ensure stu- dents with children have a worthwhile experience at Oxford. For example, some help is available from the University for meeting the costs of childcare. Informa- tion on funding is available in the Student Parent Handbook.


St Anne’s, Wolfson, Balliol and Somerville have their own nurseries; college websites will have more information. The Univer- sity has recently opened a new nursery, so there are more spaces available for children of students and staff, and OUSU recently worked with the University to give students with children in the Univer- sity nurseries extra financial support.


There have also been changes recently in students’ entitlement to maternity, pa- ternity and adoption leave, ensuring that students get the time off and support get- ting back that they need after they have a baby. More information is available on the University website.


Contacts Student Advice Service


Oxford University Student Union 2 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX 01865 288 466 www.ousu.org advice@ousu.org


OUSU Student Parent Handbook 2 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX 01865 288 458 http://www.ousu.org/welfare/ousu- welfare-publications-1/text.pdf/view women@ousu.org


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