Support available to care leavers within the university
Allocation of a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) – Every university student will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) whose responsibility it is to provide academic support. They are a point of contact for you to approach should you find you are struggling with your studies or if you need to be referred to specialist services but aren’t sure where to go.
Financial assistance – the UHI Discretionary and Childcare Fund is there to assist students experiencing financial hardship whether it is struggling to pay rent and bills or help with buying books for study. There is also a Childcare fund should you require help with funding this, throughout the duration of your studies. Information on additional bursary schemes and scholarships can also be found here.
Emotional support and wellbeing support – Students can often experience stress or find things are getting on top of them. If this is the case, whichever UHI location you are based at will have access to a counselling service or someone to talk to. You can also access the university Online Counselling service here.
Careers advice – The UHI Career Centre is on-hand to help all students with planning their career. This includes suggesting options for after your course and assistance to help you find work.
Access to study skills assistance – Many students struggle with the academic demands which entering higher education can bring; in particular the increase in essay writing skills whereby you have to analyse text, discuss, and evaluate can be challenging for new students to grasp. Your programme team along with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) will be able to provide guidance on any issues you may be having. Alternatively, we have online resources that you can work your way through in your own time.
Student mentors - The Student Mentor Network brings together more experienced students with those new to higher education (or postgraduate study) to share their knowledge and experience. The network provides training and a structure for more experienced students to help those new to the university. The mentor–mentee relationship is an informal one with meetings often taking place in cafes and other off-campus spaces. There is also the option to meet online or by email with your mentor if they are based in a different area.