Support & Wellbeing
- There's always help available
Starting a course at a new university, possibly in a new city or even country can be a daunting experience for anyone, regardless of age or background. The most important thing to remember is that there are many sources of advice and support available for every aspect of your life at UCL from the moment you arrive until you graduate and beyond.
UCL Cultural Consultation Service
Consultation Service is a new service which aims to provide support for
students and staff experiencing a challenge to their learning and/or
teaching which they think may be caused by an inter-cultural conflict.
At the beginning of their time here, many staff and students will have
some trouble adapting to a different culture and education system, which
may impact on them when forming professional and personal
relationships. They may experience a range of inter-personal,
cross-cultural, and intra-cultural issues, sometimes with additional
complexities, for example conflicts relating to social class, ethnicity,
religion, and gender. CCS advisors can be consulted on any of these
issues and many more surrounding cultural integration. For more
information or to book an initial consultation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCL Day Nursery
The UCL Day Nursery provides high quality childcare and nursery education,
giving priority to the development needs and happiness of our children and their
families in a safe, nurturing and stimulating care environment. The Nursery is located on two sites at 50-51 and 55-59 Gordon Square and open to
staff and students of UCL. It can accommodate a combined total of 62 children
between the ages of three months and five years. If you would like further information about the Day Nursery please visit the Day Nursery webpage.
You can also find information about schools and Sure Start Children's Centres on the direct.gov website.
Dean of Students (Academic)
The Dean of Students (Academic) is responsible for academic issues related to the admission of new students and their progression through their degree programmes. This person is also responsible for the design and implementation of UCL’s Teaching and Learning Strategy. However, many academic issues are swiftly resolved internally within departments with the assistance of the departmental undergraduate or postgraduate tutor, or if necessary with the appropriate Faculty Tutor. Therefore, if you have a strictly academic problem, you may eventually be referred to the Dean of Students (Academic) to help you resolve the issue.
Dean of Students (Welfare)
The Dean of Students (Welfare) is responsible for the pastoral care of UCL students. As such, the Dean of Students (Welfare) is unable to overrule decisions made by academic departments, but might be willing to act as an advocate for students who find themselves in the position of taking out a grievance against academic departments. This role is primarily concerned with the personal and financial well being of UCL students. You should make an appointment to see the Dean of Students (Welfare) if you have problems with your accommodation, health, financial circumstances or personal relationships. The Dean of Students (Welfare) also has a disciplinary role for UCL students and can fine students for inappropriate behaviour or actions, as well as make recommendations for convening the UCL Disciplinary Committee for extreme cases.
UCL's support pages are designed to help you find information about common concerns amongst students. There is also a peer support discussion group. If you want to talk to someone you can ask for appointments at the UCL Student Psychological Services.
The UCL Equalities & Diversity website provides information on both staff and student issues. There is information available on issues relating to race, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and disability, amongst other equalities initiatives at UCL. For more information, please visit the UCL Equalities & Diversity website.
The UCL Money page provides details of funding opportunities and financial support for all students - please take a look to see what's available.
Every undergraduate student will be allocated a personal tutor who will be an academic member of staff within their home department. They are your first reference point if you have academic or personal problems. For further information on who your personal tutor is you should contact your department. Taught graduate students will normally be supported by their programme tutor.
If you would like support from a faith representative you can contact:
- Senior Anglican Chaplain - Rev'd Stephen Williams - email@example.com 020 7580 9812
- Muslim/Multi-Faith Chaplain - Yusuf Kaplan 07528 167223
- Medical School Chaplain - The Reverend Pippa Turner 0207 679 6255
The UCL Support pages provide a comprehensive list of other religious advisers. You can also look at the Faith Societies on the UCLU website.
London is a multicultural and multifaith city. Please see our page on places of worship in London for further details.
There is a contemplation/quiet room available for UCL members of staff and registered students. This room is situated in Hut 34, on the path leading from the Bernard Katz Building at the South Junction towards the Henry Morley Building (download map). The opening hours are 8.30am to 6pm. Users are required to respect the code of practice for using the room, displayed outside.
UCLU Rights and Advice
The UCL Student's Union (UCLU), through their Rights & Advice Centre, provides independent information, advice and support regarding welfare, finance, immigration and academic issues.
UCL Student Disability Services
If you are dyslexic, have a disability (including a mental health difficulty) or a long term medical condition that may have an impact on your studies, please contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for information and advice about services and support.