The Disability Service within the Student Wellbeing Centre have a specialist team of staff to help with:
-Advice & Guidance on how to access support with study skills and learning strategies
- Screening and diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia
- Information on DSA (Disabled Students Allowance)
- Course and IT need assessments
- Any personal issues or matter relating to your disability or learning difference.
They are based in between the Swan Pub and Health Centre.
Phone: 01522 886 400
Drop-In: 12-2 Monday – Friday
Bullying & Harassment:
We hope that this is never the case but if you ever feel like you’re being bullied, purposefully picked upon or harassed please come and talk to us. The University have a strict Bullying & Harassment Policy and we can talk to you in a non-judgemental environment about your options moving forward.
If you’ve become in the bullying of someone else – even if it was un-intentional, please don’t be worried about coming to speak to us. The most important thing is that it stops – we can advise you in a confidential, non-judgemental environment of the best course of action to take.
As a student, you may be subject to a variety of pressures:
-Finding new friends
- Successfully budgeting your money
- Adjusting to living independently
- Work/Life balance
A pressure that feels motivating to one person may feel like a stressful burden to another. If you feel unable to cope with a pressure this is experiencing Stress “the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure” Stress can have symptoms such as:
Being stressed can affect your ability to sort out the factoring pressure, creating a cycle. If you find yourself caught up in this cycle please come and have an informal chat with one of our advisors.
Sometimes just telling an impartial person about your situation can relieve some stress and we can offer confidential support on working on the pressures causing it.
Isolation & Student ‘Buddying’
Coming to University means branching out and making a new set of friends – this can be intimidating, even to the most confident seeming people.
You might find that within your accommodation or course you are struggling to find people that you feel comfortable being yourself around and don’t feel welcome or a part of what’s going on.
It might be that due to language barriers you feel worried to approach people. Or it might be that you don’t particularly like alcohol related social events but all your flat/housemates do, or the other way round!
Whether you’re feeling isolated due to a specific environment, person or situation, or it’s being caused by a lack of social confidence, feeling lonely when you’re surrounded by people can be really intense – we want you to know that at the Advice Centre there is ALWAYS someone to talk to about this.
Our Volunteer Student Advisors also offer a ‘Buddy up’ service which is a regular, normally weekly, informal catch up and can offer advice on how to meet people with the same interests if you feel ready to do so - for example you can look at volunteering opportunities together, or they can recommend events which suit your taste!
Mental Health, Anxiety & Depression
‘Mental health’ is a phrase which often has a negative stigma attached to it. The truth is everyone has their overall ‘Health’ that they have a responsibility to look after and equally to this, everyone has their own ‘mental health’ that shouldn’t be neglected.
If you feel your Mental health is not at its best, it can be really difficult to know whether to, how to and where to, access help and support. It can feel like an overwhelmingly big step to ask for help but it may be the best step you’ve ever taken and can bring an immense sense of relief to your situation.
If you are worried about feelings of anxiety or low mood and are finding them hard to be control or they are affecting your life, whether it be due to a short-term trigger such as an interview or bereavement, or an on-going long-term feeling that you can’t ‘Shake-off’, please get in touch so that we can offer confidential advice on how the Advice Centre, University and local services can support you in your University experience and Academic performance. If you are worried to ask for support because you have ‘no reason’ to be feeling the way you do – please remember that anxiety and depression can develop for no reason.
If you feel your mental wellbeing is affected by any issue, not just the ones raised here, please get in touch for a chat to take that first step.
Abuse in all forms.
If you are currently being abused, or have been abused in the past, or are aware of someone else being abused, please come and talk confidentially to one of our Advisors. We are non-judgemental and led by the decisions of our members. We can go through all the options of support available to you within the University and the Local Community, or just talk.
Examples of types of abuse:
· Physical Abuse.
· Sexual Abuse.
· Emotional or Psychological Abuse.
· Financial or Material Exploitation.
Find All the information you need on Welfare in this booklet.