At Newman University, we provide a great range of support facilities for our students. Whether you want academic, money management, LGBTQ+ support or anything else – we try our best to help take care of your health and wellbeing.

Academic support

The Academic Support Advisers (ASA) are available to support students following single and joint honours degree programmes.

The ASA are here to:

  • help you to resolve any academic or pastoral concerns
  • provide support if you have any personal circumstances affecting your studies
  • ensure you can make the most out of your time at Newman

This includes helping you to:

  • Identify the support and resources available to you
  • Understand and navigate the university’s rules, processes and decisions
  • Apply for additional time to complete your work and inform the university of reasons for missing a deadline or assessment
  • Plan your study, review your progress and identify strategies to improve
  • Look at your options and explain any implications where you are considering changing, suspending or withdrawing from your studies
  • Find the answers to any queries you have

For further information email: asa@newman.ac.uk, call 0121 476 1181, ext 2538 (please leave a message if there is no answer and they will get back to you).

Drop-in to DW201 between 10:00 – 12:00.

Contact the team to book an afternoon appointment.

Careers service

Our Careers Service provides pre-entry students, current students and graduates of up to 3 years with information and advice on various aspects of careers and work related learning.

Chaplaincy activities

The Chaplaincy is open and welcoming to all faiths and is committed to ensuring that all are free to worship. For a range of regular activities head to our Chaplaincy page.

Disability, dyslexia and mental health services

Disability and Inclusion services provide advice and assistance to applicants and students who may require adjustments or arrangements to enable them to participate fully in student life.

We have support available for students with different needs:

ADD/ADHD

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing Loss
  • Mental Health Difficulties
  • Physical, Mobility or Dexterity Difficulties

Library support

Our library is rated higher in the NSS (2019) by our students than other university libraries throughout Birmingham. The library is a nice and peaceful place to get work done.

Money management advice

Learning how to budget when you have never done it before can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! StepChange offer financial advice but if you still have burning questions, then our Welfare Advisers are available any time; just contact them to book an appointment.

Preparing new students for student life

HEADstart helps students adapt to university life as quickly and smoothly as possible. It is available for new: single, joint and combined honours students. To learn more and to participate head to https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/what-is-headstart/.

Student counselling services

Counselling provides a safe non-judgmental environment where thoughts and feelings can be expressed and explored. All Newman University students are welcome to make an appointment by emailing:  studentsupport@newman.ac.uk.

Student Welfare Adviser service

Our Student Welfare Advisers provide a range of services to prospective and current students including:

  • Debt
  • Domestic abuse
  • Health Benefits
  • And lots more

Study advice

We offer a range of study skills workshops, as well as one to one appointments and short drop-in sessions. Ask to see the workshops timetable, drop-in timetable and one to one appointment times.  We also have self-help guides and advice on aspects of study skills that we can direct you to.

The Learning Support Tutors are available to discuss any general study skills queries that you may have, advising and supporting you to help make your time at Newman University as enjoyable as possible. Contact Jacqueline for more information: J.Ridge-Stearn@newman.ac.uk.

Support for care leavers

If you are a Care Leaver, you have the opportunity to attend pre-induction events to assist with the smooth transition into university life, such as meeting key Newman staff and familiarising yourself with the campus. More information and contact details can be found on our Support for Care Leavers page.

Support for LGBTQ+ students

Newman’s LGBTQ+ Society aims to raise awareness among Newman students, support relevant campaigns and offer support to its members. The society also organises regular social events, providing students with a supportive social network during their time at the university.

Further information including how Newman University deals with bulling and harassment can be found on our Student Support page.

Welfare benefits advice

The majority of full time students are not eligible for means tested benefits.  However, the following groups of students may be entitled:

  • Single parents
  • Student couples with dependent children
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students who have suspended their studies due to illness or caring duties
  • Partners of students, who are on a low income or unemployed

For further information, please speak to the Student Welfare Adviser.

If you are a Newman University student joining us in September and would like more information about the support we offer then email: studentsupport@newman.ac.uk who will be happy to help.