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Absorbing all that higher education can take a surprising amount out of you. It’s an intensive experience and a challenging one too… It’s good to know that there’s always someone you can talk to who will understand how to help.

Student welfare is always on hand to help you. The team of people provide advice and support on emotional and practical issues including work pressure and performance as well as student finance and financial hardship, that can make university study tougher going than you expected. A student counselling service is also available offering in depth individual support.

Higher education support tutor

There is always a support tutor who can assist further with any aspect of your course as well as providing financial advice. The higher education support tutor is at the Degree Studies at West Suffolk College office.

WSC Education Opportunity Trust

When you register as a student at Degree Studies at West Suffolk College you are also able to apply for support from the WSC Education Opportunity Trust, an independent charity founded in December 2008 with donations from former students and local employers. The Trust assists students to enhance their educational experience and overcome difficulties that may prevent them from achieving their full potential. Its help ranges from buying textbooks or specialised tools or materials to greater needs such as contributing towards the cost of a field course or voluntary service, here in the UK or overseas. Grants from the Trust will normally be made in cases where funds cannot be accessed from other sources such as maintenance grants, access funds or state benefits. Find out more on how to apply at www.wsceot.org.uk

More information

The Student Welfare Office is in the Gateway building, open 8.30am-5.00pm Mon-Thu, 8.30am-4.30pm Fri, or call the team on 01284 716 319.

If you are a student on a University of Suffolk course, you can also access student support facilities at the Ipswich campus.

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