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Student Support and Wellbeing

Your time at University will be exciting and rewarding, but it will also have its challenges. We recognise that many of our students will need support during their time at University. Whether you have a longstanding condition or have recently started to experience difficulties, there is a range of support options.

If you are concerned about your mental or physical health you should always consult your GP. Most Durham students are registered with the University Health Centre at Green Lane.

Our JCR Welfare Officer is also available for support

College Wellbeing Support

Your College student support team is here to look after your wellbeing. You can talk to them about any personal, health, or academic concerns that you might have throughout your time at Durham. They can offer you advice and support and, where necessary, liaise with other departments on your behalf. You can set up appointments by email or attend a drop-in session.

Dr Hannah Martin, Assistant Principal

Your JCR Welfare team are elected by the student body. They are here to provide you with peer support throughout your time at Trevs. They also run campaigns weeks to educate and promote conversations about important topics like consent, mental health, and disabilities.

You can read more about our JCR Welfare team on the JCR website.

Creating opportunities for students to meaningfully explore ways to take care of their own wellbeing is a clear strategic priority for college.

Academic Year 2021-2022

This year's welfare campagins started in November woth Sexual Health and Guidance (SHAG) week, which shared information about sexual health resources and the support available within college, the university and the wider area. The JCR led campaign ecnouraged conversations around consent, held a Q&A session on social media, ran a pub quiz and finished the campaign with a LGBTQ+ Bar Night to raise money for the Albert Kennedy Trust charity who support LGTBQ+ young people.

In December the JCR Welfare Rep ran a DisabiliTEA event on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities to raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled students.

In March members from across the college community joined together to raise awarness for International Women's Day. The focus of this year's campaign was #BreakTheBias.

In April the newly elected JCR welfare team and also the college wide 'Stress Less' Campaign took place over four weeks during the exams and assessments period. The overarching aim of the campaign was to provide a range of opportunities for students to de-stress and relax between exams and revision. The Assistant Principal and JCR and MCR welfare teams, held daily drop-ins which students could come along to for support, and our University Lead Chaplain, Reverend Gavin Word, led an introduction to mindfulness session. The 'Stress Less' campaign included 'Cake in the Quad', lunch time sports with the JCR sports rep, movie nights, art sessions and badge making.

The Assistant Principal and JCR Welfare Officer set up for 'Cake on the Quad', with cake and support postcards. 

University Wellbeing Support

The University has several central departments that provide our students with support and advice in matters relating to mental health, disability, and academic concerns. Some services, such as the Disability Support Service, gives you the option of disclosing a disability or health condition before arriving in Durham so that your support needs can be discussed in advance.

Self-Certification of Absence

The Self-Certification of Absence Form has been moved online and is now available on this webpage: Student Registry: Self-Certification of Absence.