Health & wellbeing
Nature and greenery
Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people’s mental wellbeing.
SRUC have garden grounds which all students are welcome to visit to promote positive health and wellbeing. Each campus also has a daily mile which we encourage you to walk or run as often as possible to help with your own wellbeing.
Headaches, stomach problems and lack of sleep may be signs of stress. Living with stress all the time increases the chances of becoming ill with depression or anxiety. Signs of other mental health difficulties include tearfulness, lack of energy, changes in mood and feeling hopeless. If you have any of these signs, then seek some help and support.
Pastoral support and counsellor services
Sometimes it can be difficult to deal with difficulties on your own and this is when asking for help or meeting a counsellor can be helpful. Our pastoral support staff are there to listen and give you some support and guidance on the first steps.
A counsellor is a professional, who is trained to listen and support you to try to resolve difficulties.
Common problems are loneliness, stress, homesickness, depression, adjusting to a new culture and family problems. SRUC have their own or links to local counselling services. Please contact your Year Tutor or Study Support - Pastoral staff for more information.
Other sources of help and information
Togetherall: Togetherall has trained professionals online 24/7 to keep students safe and provide extra support.
Students Against Depression: Students Against Depression provides you with a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward. Their website offers advice, information and guidance to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Breathing Space: A free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. You can also get in touch by phone on 0800 83 85 87.
Sane: Free confidential, practical information and emotional support service available 365 days a year.
Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated before coming to college or university. Further information can be found in our leaflet or by visiting the NHS website.
- Immunisation Scotland
- Read the meningitis guide for parents, guardians and carers (PDF).
- Meningitis Now provides help and support including a 24-hour helpline
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
The MMR is an effective combined vaccine that protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles).
These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people. Getting vaccinated is important as these conditions can lead to complications including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy. Two doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection against MMR and it is important to check you have had two doses before you start college or university. Your GP surgery can book or arrange an appointment. For more information visit the NUS website.
Check your local pages for all of your doctor and dentist information.
Each campus has staff who can help and support you during your time of study at SRUC.
Our Student Support Education Officers can provide you with help around your academic studies by demonstrating tools and techniques for you to use, which will enable you to become a more independent and successful learner. This could help with setting up a study timetable, managing your time better, taking notes, research tips, study tips, reading for assessment, mind-mapping, using dictation or immersive reader software to help you with your work, and much more.
Our Student Support Pastoral Officers can help with any welfare, physical or mental health problem, by providing advice, strategies or links to external agencies that may be able to help you.
We can set up appointments with our Mental Health Counsellor who can provide help should you feel you need their support at any point throughout your studies.
If you need guidance on the choice of careers that are available to you or need help in choosing the best course and module options to get you into the career of your choice, then speak to our campus Careers Advisor who will be happy to help you plan towards your future.
Whatever difficulty you are facing, speak to our Student Support Team who will be happy to help.
As a student at SRUC, we want you to keep yourself safe. We have provided links to Police Scotland’s student and personal safety advice. Take some time to look these over. If you have any concerns around your safety, please ensure you speak to our Student Support Pastoral Officer.
Helping us to help you
Students should feel confident to approach any member of staff if they are worried, distressed or in difficulty of any form. All information will be given due respect and attention and will be acted on as appropriate. Whilst your rights to confidentiality will always be respected, there may be occasions when it is necessary for staff to contact external agencies, or your parents/carers.
All students are encouraged to declare any additional support requirements, health and mobility concerns, and mental health issues at the earliest stage possible. This would also apply to the experience of the care sector and caring responsibilities.
Student Support can help support students with:
- Dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
- Sensory or visual impairment
- Mental Health issues
- Mobility difficulties
- Unseen difficulties e.g. Aspergers/Autism
Equalities, Human Rights and Inclusion
SRUC is committed to valuing diversity, advancing equality of opportunity and respecting human rights in all aspects of our activities.
All employees and students in everything they do, must understand, recognise and accept their individual duties and responsibility in this regard. Discriminating, harassing or victimising others, whether intentionally or not, will not be accepted nor tolerated and corrective action will be taken if the need arises.
The protected characteristics of age, sex, race, disability, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief are the grounds upon which SRUC is fully committed to tackling discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
SRUC believes in advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it. This would also apply to people who have experience of the care system and those who are carers.
According to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Child Protection procedures should apply to all young people who have not reached their 18th birthday. At SRUC we strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students. To that end, all employees at SRUC have a role to play in protecting students from harm and consider that the welfare of students is of paramount importance.