University Clinic


Support for Students Affected by War, Conflict and Natural Disaster

In collaboration with partners within the university, this specialist clinic provides support for students affected by war, conflict, and natural disaster.

International students, and those with dual nationality and links to other countries from a significant part of the UCL student community. Prior to starting their studies or or during their time at the university, some students may be impacted by events,such as war, conflict and natural disasters, within their home countries. These events can be highly distressing for students, and can lead to an elevated risk of of experiencing psychological trauma even if an individual is not physically present at the event itself. Awareness of human suffering can also be traumatic, especially when the lives and safety of loved ones are at risk.

To support these students, a dedicated team was established in May 2022; a collaboration between Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW), the Department of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) and the University Clinic. Members of the team aim to support affected students emotionally and practically by offering sessions of Psychological First Aid (PFA). Students can access the team's support by arranging to speak to a SSW Student Advisor

Please Note: The team does not offer psychological therapy for symptoms of mental health disorders (e.g. PTSD), although it can make onward referrals when appropriate. PFA is for people affected by recent or ongoing traumatic events, i.e. those with acute stress reactions and/or adjustment.


Dr Charlie Cole