A message for students from Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), about student support across the Collegiate University.

Dear students,

Many of you are in the middle of a busy period of preparing for and sitting exams. I know this can be an anxious time, and feeling some stress or worry about your exams is to be expected, especially if you have not recently sat exams in a similar format. I’m writing to remind you about the support that is available if exams or other issues are causing you particular difficulties. I also want to remind you that, although studies and exams are important, it is even more important that you take care of yourself and seek help if you need it.  

Your College and the University are both committed to supporting you. In your College you can go to your Tutor, your Director of Studies or your college nurse or wellbeing officer. There are also University support services available, including the University Counselling Service and the Disability Resource Centre. A list of College and University support is available on our wellbeing webpages. The Student Advice Service provides a package of examination resources to support students during and after their exams. 

If you feel your preparation or exam performance has been adversely affected in some way, you should contact your Tutor as soon as you realise there is a problem, whether this is before, during or after your exams. Our exam mitigation webpage tells you about the processes for accessing exam-related support. 

If you are struggling, do tell someone. There are many people across the collegiate University who have experience in supporting students, and who can help you. 

Sending you my very best wishes for the exam period, and for the long vacation afterwards, 

Graham 

Professor Graham Virgo 

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)