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A Support System Away From Home

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Learning, adapting and prospering your individuality are the epitome of university. The process of becoming more independent and heading towards adulthood may be one of fear, one of excitement, or one of a multitude of incomprehensible emotions. Whether you choose to live at home or away, Newcastle University has an admirable support system to help students, no matter how minute or vast the problem.

Student Services

Student Services is located in King’s Gate; an on-campus building dedicated to providing a range of support and information for prospective students, current students and graduates.

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Student Services, King’s Gate (source: ncl.ac.uk)

These services include:

  • Entry to Newcastle University: If you are a prospective student, you can drop in to find out more about a particular course, applications, funding options or about the university in general.
  • Career and Work: The multi award-winning Careers Service is one I have used frequently throughout my three years as a Newcastle Uni student. Drop-in appointments are available to sit with an advisor and go through your CV and applications. Advice for interviews and even practice interviews are available. If you are looking for work experience, the Newcastle Work Experience programme allows you to complete a paid placement during term-time or over summer, whilst Passport to Work provides brief training and work shadowing opportunities. Newcastle Uni’s Careers Service is unique in the fact that you can still use it up to 3 years after you graduate!
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(source: ncl.ac.uk)

  • Health and Wellbeing: The Student Wellbeing team provide support to students who may be experiencing difficulties involving disabilities or mental health for instance. There are professional counsellors and therapists available throughout the year who can offer confidential support to students.

Newcastle University Students’ Union (NUSU)

Located in the heart of campus, NUSU is run by students, for students. As well as offering activities and facilities for the student social scene, NUSU also provides help and support as the welfare of students is fundamental. The Student Advice Centre is exactly that; a hub where you can speak to an advisor about financial, housing, academic, employment or personal/family issues. There is also a confidential helpline, Nightline, which operates 8pm-8am during term time.

Photograph of the NUSU Student Advice Centre

Student Advice Centre (source: ncl.ac.uk)

With support services like this available to all students Newcastle Uni, to me, really does feel like a home away from home.

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