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Enhancing student wellbeing: Edinburgh University's animal therapy scheme

One aspect of the University of Edinburgh's approach to ensuring student wellbeing centres around its student accommodation: the Residence Life team (supported by over 200 Resident Assistants, comprised of returning students) aim to create a supportive and inclusive home from home for their 9000 student residents. This includes a programme of events that provide opportunities to socialise and relax, as well as on-site wardens who can offer support and advice. In 2013, Residence Life introduced animal therapy to the University's halls of residence, and Senior Residence Life Coordinator, Cheryl Hutton, tells us a little more about it here: Therapy pets (Therapets) were first introduced at the

ProtectED Review - Issue 4

Read our newsletter, ProtectED Review - Issue 4,* here. *Please note that the ProtectED event for VCs has been postponed until the Autumn.

YUSU NightSafe: Peer support for vulnerable students on a night out

The University of York's NightSafe scheme began just over three years ago in response to the death of York student Megan Roberts who tragically drowned in the River Foss after a night of drinking with friends. Later that year, a report revealed that 24 people had died in York's waterways over the previous 15 years - often through suicide or alcohol-related accidents - and in 2013/14 alone, there were 35 close calls. NightSafe started out with a handful of student volunteers, covering a weekly University club night; this has grown to a group of over 40 volunteers, plus team leaders with increased experience and training, who donate their time on four nights of the week. We spoke to project co

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