Support available to care leavers within the university
Allocation of a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) – Each university student will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) whose responsibility it is to provide academic support to students. They are a point of contact for students to approach should they find they are struggling with their studies or who may 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.
Emotional support and wellbeing support – Students may experience stress or find things are getting on top of them and if this is the case whichever UHI location a student is based at they will have access to a counselling service or someone to talk to.
Careers advice – The UHI Career centre is on-hand to help all students with planning their career including suggesting options for after their course and assistance to help them 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 students have to analyse text, discuss and evaluate can be challenging for new students to grasp. Your programme team along with your Personal Academic Tutor 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 taking place in cafes and other informal spaces. There is also the option to meet online or by email with mentors when they are based at another campus.