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Guest blog: Security tips for students in the new term

Student homes are the perfect target for burglars. Every student will have their own tech, which means up to nine or ten laptops, smart phones, speakers, even TVs in each student home. Typically, students aren’t the most security conscious and student houses are not always finished to the highest quality, which means that basic security principles may be disregarded. Whether you are a concerned parent or a student with home security on your mind, there are lots of tips and tricks to help prevent a burglary. Halls Most students live in halls in their first year of university, usually in shared buildings or gated communities. It’s a fun time of meeting lots of new people, but it’s also a time

Student blogs: My Freshers' Week survival guide

Whether your Freshers’ Week has been and gone or it is coming up, here are six tips that will help you survive possibly the best week of your university journey. 1. Don’t forget about eating properly I’m sure you have all heard about the dreaded freshers’ flu that plagues many students who participate in Freshers’ Week, but a way to avoid becoming a victim is to keep your vitamins up and maintain a healthy (or healthy-ish) diet. If you’re new to the whole cooking situation try and get someone at home to teach you at least five recipes before you leave so you’re not completely in the dark. Eating well will really make a difference to how severely you catch the dreaded freshers’ flu. 2.

Student blogs: Sexual harassment at gigs

In a recent blog post of mine, I mentioned my absolute adoration of going to gigs. However, there has always been a darker side to concerts, which I feel is still a bit of a taboo subject. Unwanted touching at gigs and being a woman; there is always the question of whether gigs are one hundred per cent safe. The fact is, it’s all not about whether gigs are safe places for women, it’s that women must feel safe at them. In my experience, I have been to 60+ concerts since the age of fifteen. I have to admit, when I was very young I never really considered whether I was in a safe environment and looking back, I really should have been more savvy. I’m talking about unwanted male attention. The Sa

Student blogs: First day at university nerves

I went to university at twenty-two. I left it a little late because I know for a fact I was not ready to go to university straight out of high school, which is totally fine. I always say the loneliest I have ever felt is the first day at a new place. I had my father give me a lift to my first day there, and despite this, it was that moment between walking to the induction meeting and leaving the car I should have felt most nervous. Except for the fact I was lucky. Not because I knew anyone there, not really. I joined a few groups on Facebook before starting and became Facebook friends with some people on my course. One very resilient new friend insisted that we meet up before the induction a

Student Blogs: My perspective on university mental health services

Exam periods, essay writing, presentations, tuition fees and student loans are only some aspects of university life that may cause students to experience stress or to develop mental health problems. This is why mental health services were established and made readily accessible within campus grounds. According to a survey carried out by the National Union of Students in 2015, eight out of ten students claim they had experienced mental health problems during the previous year. More than half of the students interviewed who experienced mental health problems did not seek, or did not know where to find, support. Three out of ten students also had suicidal thoughts. This sparks concern. Why did

Student Blogs: How I dealt with homesickness at university

For most of you, university will probably be your first experience of living away from home. While some people adapt to this new style of living with very few problems at all, others take a little longer to adjust. This is completely normal! And nothing to be ashamed of. Moving away from friends, family and home comforts is a big deal, and everyone copes with this transition in different ways. Homesickness hit me pretty hard during the first few weeks- months, even- of my time at university. But it did get better. Walking into my new flat on the first day was incredibly daunting. That mixture of nerves and excitement is overwhelming, but a completely expected reaction. I had already found al

Student blogs: Dealing with anxiety at university

It wasn’t until May 2017 that it finally clicked. I was attending a concert (The Vamps, I know…) in London with some friends. Our seats were up in the Gods, I literally thought I was going to need an oxygen mask, it was that high. We sat happily for a while and I was content and full of pasta. The support act came on and they seemed unbearably loud and the lights were blindingly bright; had concerts always been like this? I started to feel really nauseous to the point where I felt like I just needed to escape. I descended the vertical stairs and proceeded to have the worst panic attack of my life in the O2 Arena foyer. I’ve since been told to think ‘this will be over soon, they don’t last lo

Student blogs: Juggling work and family life

I had a good will to write an extra blog entry before I leave for my annual trip to Prague but my honourable intentions were met with a nasty Norovirus that decimated the whole family in turns a week before my journey. It is a prime example of many challenges a mature student with children might have to face during their course. At this point, I should cleverly weave in the infamously famous quotation by Cyril Connolly about the pram in the hallway, but I am not going to. Firstly, he never had female authors, let alone mature students of the “fairer”sex, in mind; he actually meant that the breadwinner of the family (i.e. the man) would be distracted by having to provide for the offsprings, n

New framework for universities to help improve student mental health

Universities UK has published a new framework to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of university students. The step change​ framework​ ­– part of Universities UK's programme of work to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff in higher education – is aimed at supporting university leaders to help embed good mental health across all university activities. With reported increases in the general number of young people suffering with mental ill-health, universities have seen increases in demand for student mental health support services. The framework recommends universities work closely with the NHS to consider how mental health care services should be commi

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