Student support and wellbeing
Moving to University can be an overwhelming experience – and the following three or four years can be pretty stressful at times too. Don’t worry – we have been looking after students for more than fifty years: we know what it’s like and we have won awards for our student support. Here is just a brief guide to some of the ways that we are here to help you outside the lecture theatre.
Our AccessAbility Centre provides support for any student at the University who needs help because of dyslexia (or any other specific learning difficulty), a disability of any sort or a long term condition. We will help you with whatever special arrangements, adjustments or support you need in order to study, succeed and graduate – and take part in all aspects of student life. You can contact us, in confidence, at any time before or during your course; the more notice you give us about starting here at Leicester, the better prepared we will be to help you once you arrive.
Counselling and Wellbeing
Our Student Counselling Service offers a wide range of free and confidential services to any students who need them – including individual counselling, therapeutic group sessions, a well-stocked resource library and workshops covering issues such as exam stress. We encourage you to get in contact with us before you arrive so that we can make preparations in advance, however you can, of course, access the service at any time during your time at Leicester.
Student Learning Development
Student Learning Development provides a wide range of resources and opportunities for students to develop their academic and employability skills. You can also use make use of online tutorials and information resources, themed workshops and one-to-one study consultations.
A healthy and balanced life may not be traditionally associated with university, but good health is very important to balance out the inevitable late nights and intense studying. Our Healthy Living Service is here to direct and refer you to appropriate health care services at times of ill health. We work closely with our local NHS Health Centre which is just a few minutes’ walk from campus and which is specifically geared up to deal with students, including extra-long opening hours during term time. We will make it easy for you to access GP and healthcare services during your time in Leicester.
It's worth noting that the medication for some conditions may be different in this country and some medications used in other countries may not be available here. You should register with the Victoria Park Health Centre and make an appointment to see a doctor very soon after you arrive to discuss the management of your condition. Bring along information from your current doctor about your diagnosis and current medication. If you are taking medication you should bring enough to last at least 12 weeks.
Whatever your faith – or even if you have none – our Chaplaincy is a place to meet new friends, to relax, pray and discuss things that matter to you. Our Chaplains provide support, advice and counsel and are always happy to discuss matters of faith with any of our students. We have World Faiths Advisers for Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist students. Muslim students have prayer rooms set aside for their needs on campus. The Chaplaincy is a base for faith-related student societies and discussion groups and also organises the University’s celebrations of Easter and Christmas.
Staff or students with pre-school children can use our on-campus day nursery. Children are accepted from three months to five years at the nursery, which is open weekdays from 8.00am to 6.00pm throughout the year.
The University is keen to assist and support young people who have been in local authority care. If you are under 25, you may qualify for an annual Care Leavers' Bursary of £2,000 for each year of your undergraduate course. Our Student Welfare Service can provide you with information and advice before you come to Leicester and support while you are with us. If you have indicated that you are a care leaver on your UCAS application we will contact you a few weeks before you are due to start study. Alternatively contact email@example.com for an application form.