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Leeds University's Space to Relax: Supporting students at exam time

All photos are credited to Leeds University Union While it is important for universities to offer accessible and reliable support options to students throughout the academic year, there are certain points when students will require a little extra help to maintain mental wellbeing and fulfil their potential, such as the summer exams. Health and Wellbeing intern Martha Clowes tells us more about Leeds University Union's work to help students to focus and relax at this high-pressure time. Space to Relax is a wellbeing focused revision and relaxation space run by the Student Advice Centre at LUU, as part of their health and wellbeing work. It takes place across two rooms - a designated revision

Loughborough Students' Union's LGBT+ Association wins national award

The National Societies Awards - which celebrate the best student societies across the UK - were held in Nottingham on Friday, and the Loughborough Students' Union LGBT+ Association scooped the 'Welfare and Inclusivity' award for their dedicated and thoughtful approach to helping create a welcoming learning environment for all students. Some LGBT+ Association initiatives include an initial Meet-and-Greet session at the start of the academic year; this allows students to meet committee members, LGBT+ Network staff and fellow students, as well as to find out more about the LGBT+ Association and the various campaigns and events that will run throughout the year. This initial contact is followed

The Drop-in Centre: Lincoln's students and police in partnership

The idea for a Student Drop-in Centre at the University of Lincoln originated during a discussion two years ago between Lynda Crosby (the University's Careers & Employability Operations Manager) and Jackie Rowe (Volunteer Coordinator at Lincolnshire Police). This resulted in the development of The Lincolnshire Police Lincoln Award which has the joint purpose of helping students to gain valuable work experience, thus boosting their future employment prospects, and encouraging peer-to-peer support on campus. Although there has always been a police presence on and off at the University, the initiative was also aiming for something more permanent. We spoke to Jackie to find out more. Recruitment

Culture Shock: The Comedy Drama helping Leeds' International Students adjust to life in the UK

Many students will experience difficulties with homesickness, making new friends, exam stress or financial worries at some point during their studies. However, these issues can be magnified for international students who may encounter additional challenges including a language barrier, integrating into an unfamiliar culture, or 'Culture Shock' which can lead to sadness, trouble sleeping, and reduced confidence. Universities must therefore consider the potential negative impact of this significant lifestyle change, and how best to support these students. The ProtectED Code of Practice contains dedicated measures for international students (download here) such as: educating students on the loc

ProtectED cited in Student Minds' new report on university accommodation & mental health

The student mental health charity Student Minds recently published their Student Living: Collaborating to Support Mental Health in University Accommodation report on university accommodation and mental health. The 'Student Living' report shares the learning from a partnership project with the UPP Foundation and Nottingham Trent University, and makes a number of recommendations to the student accommodation and university sectors. Case studies are provided throughout the report, celebrating the good work currently being undertaken at some UK universities to enhance student wellbeing and mental health within student accommodation, and this also includes an endorsement of the ProtectED Code of P

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