At Newman University, we provide a great range of developmental and supportive services for our students. Whether you want advice about how to plan your finances as a student, disability-related support or information on how to enhance your study skills – we try our best to help you take care of your wellbeing. Currently, all of our services are operating remotely, with some on-campus appointments prioritised for those students who would find it difficult to access us from their homes.

Welfare Advice

Our Welfare Adviser provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of personal welfare issues but can help applicants prepare financially for university with money management and budgeting 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

To find out more, email t.oyekanmi@newman.ac.uk

Our Welfare Adviser is also the University’s key contact for care leavers and estranged students and can offer pre-induction events to help with the transition to university life, such as meeting with key staff or touring the campus. More information and contact details can be found on our Support for Care Leavers page and our and our Support for Estranged Students page.

Disability, dyslexia and mental health advice

We can provide advice to applicants and current students who have mental health difficulties, specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s or autism, hearing or visual loss, physical, mobility or dexterity difficulties, or a long-term health condition. We can advise applicants about applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances, which can fund equipment, software and one-to-one support, e.g. mental health or autism mentoring, or dyslexia support tuition. It’s really important you tell us about any support needs you may have when you apply; it doesn’t affect how your application will be seen, but it does help us to put support in place for the start of your course.

Once you have enrolled, we offer screenings and can arrange dyslexia assessments.

If you tell us about a disability, we will send you a brief questionnaire to complete about your individual circumstances; this helps us plan your support.

For further advice, email our Inclusion Co-ordinator h.griffiths@newman.ac.uk

Careers service

Our Careers Service provides current students and graduates of up to 3 years with information, advice and guidance on various aspects of career management and employability skills. Once you have enrolled, you will have access to an exclusive ‘My Career’ area which will allow you to book on to appointments, workshops and events, access job opportunities, complete employability awards and access numerous resources.

Learning development

Our tutors assist students to plan your study, review progress and identify strategies to improve your academic writing and study skills. They offer one-to-one appointments as well as study skills workshops, have lots of online resources and offer a writing and IT peer mentor service.

Academic support advice

The Academic Support Advisers (ASA) help students to resolve any academic or personal concerns and provide support if you have any personal circumstances affecting your studies. This may include helping you to identify the support and resources available to you, e.g. counselling, disability support, welfare advice or to apply for additional time to complete your coursework if something has affected your ability to meet a deadline which is outside of your control.

Counselling

Counselling can provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where thoughts and feelings can be expressed and explored with a trained and understanding listener. We offer a course of up to six sessions, usually on a weekly basis, to enrolled students (other than those studying a professional counselling course).

– Siân Howarth, Director of Student Services –