Top Ten Tips: Getting Support
By Kane from the Student Team
If you ever need a hand for a problem big or small, the University has a wealth of services designed especially to support students. In these Top Ten Tips, the Library Student Team have outlined a few that you might find helpful.
The Top Ten Tips can also be listened to as a podcast, if you’d prefer this, find the link below:
Top Tip 1
Contact IT Services if you need help with virus removal, licensed applications of software setup. You can login to their Support Centre, book an appointment, call them or find an IT walk-up desk.
We all know that completing coursework can be stressful enough, so the last thing we want is for our computer to break! Luckily, the university’s IT Services are able to help with technical issues and booking an appointment is easy. There are also multiple IT Walk-up desks dotted around campus, including the Main Library, the Joule Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, and the Kilburn Building IT Support Centre.
Top Tip 2
The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) can assist you in finding alternatice arrangements in exams or software helping you study. The service is confidential, if you’d like to receive disability support make sure to register with DASS.
DASS provides completely confidential advice in a wide range of areas. If you feel you’re struggling more than you should, and would benefit from a little help with exams, or need assistive software to help your studies, Make sure you register with the service here:
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Top Tip 3
Contact the Counselling Service if you’re struggling with anxiety or exam stress. They’re professional counsellors offering confidential help with a variety of issues.
The University Counselling Service, which can be found on-campus at Crawford House, offers completely confidential advice to help you during your time here at Manchester. If you feel you’d like to speak to a councillor, don’t hesitate to contact them for a same-day appointment. Bookings can be made by email, phone or via their website here:
Counselling Service (The University of Manchester)
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Top Tip 4
Are you in your final year and are unsure about what to do next? Talk to the Careers Services located in the Atrium in University Place.
If you’re unsure about what you want to do after graduation, the Careers Service, located in the Atrium, can provide expert advice and help you plan out your next steps after University. Even if graduation seems a long while off, they offer guidance to all years of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and are happy to give assistance in writing CVs, Covering Letters, and carrying out mock interviews so you can get that dream job!
Top Tip 5
Struggling with money? The University provides a Student Money Advisor who can help! They are located in the Atrium (first floor of University Place)
Struggling with money or need help in finding out which financial grants you may be able entitled to? The Student Money Adviser found at the Atrium know all about navigating bursaries, scholarships, and tuition fees. Any time you feel you could use some professional financial advice , don’t hesitate to see them on Level 2.
Top Tip 6
Even if you’re on a year abroad the University can still support you via the International Programmes Office. They additionally offer the support for international students regarding English, visas and much more.
Studying for a year aboard can be a very rewarding experience, and hopefully you won’t run into any problems during your time away. However, if you do, don’t forget that the International Programmes Office provides support to all students on a year-abroad programme. They additionally provide support for international students regarding learning English and during arrival through their Manchester Mentor Scheme.
Top Tip 7
NHS walk-in centres, open 365 days a year, are located around the city and provide emergency care. You can get support for everything ranging from mental health, injuries to sexual health advice.
It’s always important to look after your health, and so if you ever have any concerns don’t forget about the NHS walk-in centres that provide health support round-the-clock. These can be found at numerous medical centres around Manchester. Any problems you might be having, no matter how small an issue, it is comforting to know that reassurance is a short visit away.
Top Tip 8
There are many confidential helplines you can call. The volunteers at the other end of the phone have been trained and will have extensive experience. They will also support you if you just need to unload or talk through a situation.
There are many confidential helplines you can call run by volunteers who wish to lend an ear, no matter what your issue. Greater Manchester Nightline is open from 8pm and 8am, and if you didn’t know already, their number can be found on the back of your student ID. If you don’t have your card with you, The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day at 0161 236 8000.
Top Tip 9
The Library offer a range of online resources and workshops. They cover everything from referencing to managing procrastination.
During our degree we have varying types of coursework that require utilization of a range of skills from critical analysis to presentational skills. My Learning Essentials is the Library’s learning programme for skills, where we host workshops covering most of the skills that you may come across during your degree. A list of all of these can be found at our website:
Workshops (The University of Manchester Library)
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Top Tip 10
Numerous support networks are set up to help YOU! If you nee support, don’t hesitate to ask. Whether it’s a big issue or just a little setback, we are here for you.
Of course, we leave our most important top tip for last! You! You are the most important person who can help yourself get support. So no matter how small of an issue you think it is, it’s always best to seek advice before small problems grow into larger ones.