Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service

The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS) seeks to provide a professional and proactive guidance service for students within a healthy and inclusive environment, in order to support our students to fulfil their potential.

We understand university life can be demanding and stressful, and we want to ensure you receive the appropriate emotional and mental wellbeing support.

SWIS provides free, confidential help and guidance for any concerns that you might have during your time at the University of Essex. We can advise and signpost you to the support available for mental and emotional health, disability support, academic concerns, financial worries, and accommodation issues.

Wellbeing drop-in for students

Students can speak to a Wellbeing Assessor for support and advice at our wellbeing drop-in sessions at the Student Support desk on the 1st floor of the Silberrad Student Centre, Colchester Campus, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 

For Southend Campus, you can find out more information on the wellbeing drop-in by taking a look at our online appointment form or emailing

For Loughton Campus, the wellbeing drop-in is open Monday-Friday, 1.10pm-2.10pm (with an evening drop-in from 6.10pm-7pm on Mondays and Thursdays) at the Student Services Hub on the ground floor of Hatfield House.

Alternatively students can request to speak with a Wellbeing Assessor remotely, via telephone or Zoom, using the online appointment form. A member of the team will then be in touch to arrange this.

What we do

The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS) aims to promote positive wellbeing to students and work with staff to support the inclusivity of our organisation.

There are a variety of ways in which you can access support; from speaking to a member of our Wellbeing team, to accessing our self-help resources, and referral to our specialist wellbeing services. We are here to help you flourish and enjoy your academic and personal life whilst at university. 

How we can support you

Support for student Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At SWIS we are dedicated to Student Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and we are committed to enabling access to student support. Our staff members work closely with the diverse student population to widen participation with our service and celebrate diversity, and we are devoted to creating an inclusive and accessible campus for all.

  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Student parents and mature students
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
  • Care leaver students
  • Students with disabilities or long-term health conditions
  • University of Sanctuary students

Supporting students with disabilities and long-term health conditions

If you have a disability or condition which affects your academic studies, please speak with us so we can provide you with support to make the most of your time at university. You can contact us directly at and read our accessibility and disability support webpageaccessibility and disability support webpageaccessibility and disability support webpage

Student wellbeing support and signposting (for staff)

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Contact us
Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service
Telephone: 01206 873133