Student wellbeing has never been more important to us. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a host of new challenges, anxieties, and uncertainties. It has created enormous change in everyone’s lives. The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS) are here to support you.

During the Autumn Term, nearly 2,000 students accessed support via the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service, this is a 42% increase when compared to the same period in 2019. We know that many of you are struggling to maintain your mental wellbeing in addition to the normal stresses of studying at University.

What wellbeing support is available to students?

Live chat

You may feel you don’t know how to communicate your current concerns or that there’s nothing anyone can do to help you. Please talk to us. We are now accessible via Live Chat and many of you are telling us this a quick and easy way to access support.


You can also receive counselling sessions, through our partner organisation Validium, by completing our counselling referral form. If you’re not sure that this is the right step, get in touch with us for a telephone or zoom appointment first.

Accessibility support

If you need additional support during your studies, especially regarding mental health or other disabilities, email the Accessibility and Wellbeing team for advice.

Making friends

Our friendly Residence Life team host social activities for students living on and off campus. Get involved and meet new friends.


Please get in touch if you are feeling:

  1. Worried about how COVID-19 is impacting you, those around you, your friends and your family.
  2. Overwhelmed by having to adjust to new working environments, teaching methods and routines.
  3. Stressed about the impact on your finances.
  4. Anxious about what will happen next.
  5. Isolated and want to talk.

Remember, there is no “normal” response to the pandemic, your feelings can change day-to-day and this won’t last forever. In the meantime, we are here and we are listening.