firstpointFIVE029: Extra resources for students

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.fpFIVE029 title

firstpointFIVE029 – Extra resources for students

There are resources and support available at the University of Worcester that you might not know about.  We’ve rounded up five that you may find useful.

tip-01Tip 1: If you need to take a rest…

Room BB180 in the Bredon Building, on the St John’s Campus, is our Rest Room.  It is provided by Student Services for use by students, staff and visitors to the University for the following reasons:

  • For anyone who needs to rest for up to one hour, for example between lectures, because of a disability or medical condition.
  • For anyone who needs to self-medicate or carry out a medical procedure in private.
  • For anyone who needs to perform limited physical exercises in private e.g. while recovering from an injury.
  • For mothers to breastfeed in private if they wish (please note that there are no restrictions on breastfeeding in any part of the university campus should a mother wish to do so).
  • For parents or carers to bottle or solid feed small babies or children for whom the canteen might not be suitable (High chairs are available in the canteen and in the Students’ Union)
  • For mothers to express and store breast milk.
  • For changing and disposing of soiled nappies (please note that potties are not provided.)

This room is open Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm.  For more information about what equipment is provided, visit the Rest Room webpage.

If you’re looking for a space for quiet reflection, read on…

 

tip-02Tip 2: If you’re looking for multi-faith spaces…

Whether you are a member of a faith or belong to no faith tradition, the University’s Chaplaincy Service is available to provide spiritual support to all our students and staff.  As part of this, the University provides designated multi-faith rooms at St John’s and the City Campus.

City Campus
At the City Campus the Prayer and Quiet Room is located in Charles Hastings LG 030, with adjacent washing facilities. The Jenny Lind Chapel will also be available for prayer and quiet reflection when not in other use.

 St John’s Campus
At St John’s, a Prayer and Quiet Room with adjacent washing facilities is located in Bredon, BB 179; this is for the use of all faiths and beliefs or for any staff or students needing to find a quiet moment to reflect during their busy day.

 Multi Faith Chaplaincy Meeting Room
The Multi Faith Chaplaincy Meeting Room, BB 178, is available for the use of Faith Groups and for relevant activities, such as Mindfulness workshops or Support Groups, by prior arrangement. The room can be booked by contacting chaplaincy@worc.ac.uk

For more information, see the Chaplaincy webpages.

 

tip-03Tip 3: If you need help speaking with Student Finance…

The Money Advice Service is here to provide students and potential students at the University of Worcester with welfare and financial advice and support.

sfeOne of the many areas that they can give advice and support on is dealing with Student Finance.  If you are having difficulties understanding the process or communicating with Student Finance, the Money Advisers can help with your application and speak directly with Student Finance on your behalf when necessary.  This may be to help resolve an ongoing issue, or to try and ascertain why your funding has been delayed.

The Money Advisers are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8.30am – 4.00pm and Thursday: 8.30am – 5.00pm.  Contact firstpoint and we can book an appointment for you.  You can also find more information on the Money Advice webpages.

 

tip-04Tip 4: If you’d like to be screened for dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia…

If you are interested in getting assessed for a Specific Learning Difference, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia, please come and speak to us at firstpoint.  We can talk you through the screening process (see below), discuss any queries or concerns you may have, and book you an appointment with an adviser if you need to talk in more detail.

Step 1) Visit firstpoint and ask to take a FREE screening called LADS+ (this has to be done on campus and cannot be accessed remotely).

Step 2) When you have completed the screening, visit the firstpoint desk where we will be able to print off your results sheet and give you further advice.  If you choose to move on to the next stage, we will provide you with some paperwork to complete and return.

Step 3) Book a SpLD screening and assessment appointment.  There is a charge of £50 for this assessment (this rate has been subsidised for you by the University).  You will complete a range of assessments and the assessor will then produce your final report.

Step 4) Arrange a Next Steps appointment with our Disability Advisers to discuss the support and funding that can accessed during your studies.

For more information, including FAQs, visit the Disability & Dyslexia Service website or pop into firstpoint for a chat.

 

tip-05Tip 5: If you want careers advice now and in the future…

The Careers and Employability Service aim to enable you to recognise and develop your attributes and experiences, to better plan and manage your future career, and be able to promote yourself professionally and positively to the job market.  This support doesn’t end when your course does.  University of Worcester graduates can use the Careers and Employability Service as a graduate.

As a current student, you can book appointments, workshops and access resources by logging into myCareer, which you can also find on your myDay page.  Once your course has ended, you can email the Careers Service and they will set you up as a user on myCareer.

myCareer
myCareer Banner from webpage

Typical themes discussed during careers appointments include CVs, applications & personal statements, job hunting and interviews, career planning and employability. Plus look out for related workshops on all these topics.

Searching for a job? Discover a wide range of graduate and part-time jobs on myCareer. You can also find advice on developing your own job hunting strategy on the  Jobs & Work Experience pages.

If you would like to arrange a mock interview, get in touch via careers@worc.ac.uk, with some information about the job(s) you are applying for, for example a job description and person specification, and the team can look at arranging a practice session for you to give you valuable feedback and help you feel confident for the real thing.

For further information, or if you are unable to access the myCareer system please contact careers@worc.ac.uk or visit the Careers & Employability webpages.

Other posts you might find helpful:
fpFIVE005 – Disability & Dyslexia Support
fpFIVE009 – Money Advice
fpFIVE013 – Careers & Employability
fpFIVE022 – Think you might be dyslexic?