This year, Queen Mary Student’s Union have received £25,000 to invest in student safeguarding on campus.
This money is proposed to be put to use by spreading support for mental illness in gestures such as the elephant statue in Library Square (used as a metaphor for mental health being the ‘elephant in the room’), and by putting funding into the services for student welfare that already exist. Students can receive help using some of the following methods: checking into the Advice and Counselling office near the Geography building, looking into Faith Support groups and services, or using the Academic Services provided by the Student’s Union.
The Advice and Counselling Service offers confidential advice to students on money and funding, adjusting to life at university and mental health issues.
Alternatively, the Academic Advice Service offers confidential advice and representation on a range of academic issues, including; applications for extenuating circumstances, requests for a review of an exam board decision, allegations of breach of the code of student discipline, complaints regarding a member of staff or course delivery, or bullying/harassment by a member of staff or fellow student. They can only offer advice to existing students. To receive this service, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
The Faith Services are safe places where people from all faiths can meet, increase their religious understanding, and socialise. They meet in the Multi-Faith Centre in the Students’ Union in the Mile End campus, over 2 rooms designed for reflection, prayer and worship. There is also a prayer room in the second floor of the Whitechapel campus. For more information about this facility contact the Students’ Union at: su-BLSA.Reception@qmul.ac.uk. This kind of support for student welfare is student run and mainly prayer based.
There are also other services that the Students’ Union offers, such as disability and dyslexia service which helps with; finding out if you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, applying for funding through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), arranging DSA assessments of need, special arrangements in examinations and mentoring support for students with mental health issues and conditions on the autistic spectrum. To find out more or book an appointment, email email@example.com.
With the addition of £25,000 to student welfare, these services and more will be able to have better facilities, more staff where needed, and can improve on quality.
UPDATE: This article was updated on 10 October 2017 to correct information about the Advice and Counselling Service.