Health & Wellbeing
The SRUC has a variety of advice and support available for the physical and mental well-being of our students.
Your physical and mental health should be one of your priorities whilst at College.
You are strongly recommended to register with a local medical practice and/or College Doctor, who can give help, advice and support on all health related matters including: Health promotion issues, Contraception, Alcohol, Drugs, HIV/AIDS issues, and Stress.
Here you can find out about the medical services available at your campus. HCI Forms (Help with NHS costs) will be available from your campuses Education Office.
Help, advice and support, when you need it.
At some point during your studies, you may well have a question that needs answering.
- A financial problem
- A medical matter
- A vacation job
- A placement
- An accommodation worry
- A personal problem
- A sponsorship opportunity
- A programme-related issue.
Core Team MembersResponsible for day to day matters affecting the organisation and running of your programme, i.e. classes, assessments, examinations, visits, placements.
Advisers of StudiesEach SRUC student is allocated an Adviser of Studies who provides a confidential first point of reference for both academic and personal matters.
Senior Tutor and StaffAs SRUC is a very 'close-knit' community, most staff are happy to give you advice and support, especially those involved in the management of your programme. In addition, the Senior Tutors have a great deal of experience in answering questions and solving problems. Any consultation with the above members of staff is treated in absolute confidence and you will find them extremely sympathetic and understanding to your particular predicament.
Education OfficeShould you require additional help and support from agencies or organisations outside the College system, then this can be arranged through the Education Office of the specific campuses.
All students at SRUC can now access free online support with Togetherall. Whether you’re suffering from study-related stress, are struggling to sleep or simply need someone to talk to, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better.
Whatever text surrounds logo. You can get things off your chest in our anonymous global community, express yourself creatively, and access a library of self-care resources, including clinical tests, tips and guided group courses with topics ranging from Managing Stress & Anxiety to Quitting Smoking. Trained professionals are online 24/7 to keep all members safe and provide extra support. Togetherall can help you with adopting useful coping strategies and behaviours to improve your experience at work.
On Togetherall you are totally anonymous to other members in the community, and your personal information is kept secure while you are on the site (see Togetherall's privacy).
SRUC will not be informed if you’ve signed up to Big White Wall or your activity on the service unless they are seriously concerned about your safety whilst on campus.
To join us, simply go to the The Togetherall website and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your student e-mail address.
Meningitis is always of concern and should be taken seriously.
Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain caused by different types of organisms which are either viruses or bacteria.
Viral meningitis is generally more common, less serious and cannot be helped by antibiotic treatment.
Bacterial meningitis, which includes meningococcal meningitis, is less common but tends to be more serious and needs urgent treatment with antibiotics. Bacterial meningitis can lead to septicaemia/blood poisoning
For information relating to signs and symptoms of infection, please check the Meningitis Research Foundation website.
1 in 10 people at any time are carrying the bacteria which cause these diseases. We pass them between each other by regular close contact such as kissing. It is OK for the vast majority of us to carry these bacteria - they don't make us ill BUT, in a very few people, the bacteria get into the blood stream and cause meningitis or meningitis blood poisoning. Nobody knows who is at risk, so make sure you know the symptoms.
This disease can kill in hours if not treated, if concerned call the 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 3344.
Physical Demands of SRUC Courses
Many of SRUC’s courses are very practical and/or physical in nature. Some examples are given below for additional guidance. If you have any disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to undertake some of these or similar activities, please contact the department in advance of your application so that we can investigate any adjustments it would be reasonable for us to make to course content, assessment or facilities.
Examples include managing and working large and heavy machinery, working outdoors, bending and digging, building and carrying, construction and other manual activities, walking medium-long distances, handling knives or other implements, and handling and working with potentially dangerous equipment. Some courses have specific physical/ practical standards which you must meet, for reasons of health and safety, in order to be offered a place on the course.
Horse Care/Equine Studies applicants may need to be a competent rider and also be physically able to handle and care for the horses. It is advised that all students undertake as many horse related practical activities as possible before starting the course.
Golf applicants may need to meet specific handicap requirements.
Veterinary Nursing courses can be both physical in nature and emotionally demanding. Those with additional needs should note that the reasonable adjustments we are able to make for these courses are limited to those which will enable you to practice as a Veterinary Nurse. Disability guidance on the recruitment of veterinary nursing students and information on fitness to practice for student veterinary nurses can also be found at www.rcvs.org.uk
Disabled People and Reasonable Adjustments
A person who has a disability is defined as a disabled person for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 if he or she has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-today activities.
SRUC proactively considers barriers which certain groups of students may face, and seeks to eliminate or reduce them as part of our duty to make anticipatory and individual reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. These barriers could be removed by making changes to provisions, criteria or practices, physical features and auxiliary aids for students.
SRUC tries to anticipate the needs of disabled people and will make reasonable adjustments to the ways that competence standards are assessed so that disabled students are not put at a substantial disadvantage.
Prospective students are encouraged to let SRUC know if they have a disability, even if they are not sure, so that they can be supported and the required reasonable adjustments made wherever possible. If students do not meet the course competence standards required and the mode of assessment of their course of choice, staff will support them to consider other pathways.
Find out more about studying at SRUC
Fees and funding
Funding is available to help you complete your studies, including bursaries to pay your tuition fees and loans to help with maintenance and travel costs.
Although our campuses are currently closed, you can still find out about life and learning at SRUC by joining one of our virtual open days. You will be taken to our old website to make your booking.