Your Personal Tutor will probably be the person who’d first raise any concerns about your fitness to study with you. They’re not expected to know everything, but they should be able to tell you where you can get support from either the University or the Students’ Union. And if you’ve already talked about your situation with your tutor, it may save you some effort if you’re willing for them to pass on information or to refer you to support services.
If you believe you’ve a long-term physical or mental health problem that affects your studies, contact the University’s Student Wellbeing Service. They can advise on support and adjustments, and on the Disabled Students’ Allowance if you’re eligible.
The University has a Mental Health Adviser to help co-ordinate support for students. It’s not necessary for you to have diagnosed condition or for you to be at crisis-point before getting support: we would encourage students to contact the Mental Health Adviser at any stage, whether you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, stress or if you have a long-term condition.
Don’t forget the University’s Counselling Service or the Listening Ear network of staff volunteer listeners. And if you’re struggling with the academic side, do make use of the Study Skills tutors based on each campus. The University Chaplaincy Team are here for all students, whether or not you’re a believer, and offer confidential and non-judgmental support. If you’re needing someone to talk to, to help you figure out things for yourself, they can be a good starting point.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent and confidential advice on academic and welfare problems. If you want us to, we may also be able to come with you to meetings with University staff concerning your fitness to study. We can help you weigh up your options and, if wanted, help to advocate on your behalf with the University. We’re also the people to speak to if you are not happy with the way you have been treated by the University. If you need other support, we may be able to suggest external organisations to contact near where you live.