Ask Shelley – our student support column

shelley-insetWant to know more about how to get additional support, what help is available on campus & in town – Shelley is your woman! If you feel you’d like to talk to someone about support you require or any difficulties you’re having, personally or with your studies, drop Shelley an email and she’ll arrange a time to meet with you or point you in the right direction:

Q: It’s my first year at University, and I’m feeling very homesick, do you have any advice?
A: Homesickness is very common. We hope that some of these suggestions will prove useful:

  1. Keep in good contact with the people you have left behind; arrange a time to go back to see them or Facetime/Skype them.
  2. Encourage friends and family to come and see you in your new setting.
  3. Be realistic about what to expect from student life and from yourself. Establish a balance between work and leisure.
  4. If work is proving too difficult, can you improve your study skills or your organisation of time and work so that you gain satisfaction from what you do?
  5. Remember to get enough food and sleep! These affect us emotionally as well as physically.
  6. Make contacts and friends through shared activities such as sport or other interests. There are so many clubs and societies within the university and city, that you are very likely to find something that suits your particular interests.
  7. Give yourself time to adjust: you don’t have to get everything right straight away. Nor do you have to rush into making major decisions about staying or leaving.
  8. If you stop being able to do normal social and academic things, seek professional help either from your Doctor or the Counselling Service or from our School’s Student Support Team. Don’t wait until the problems have grown impossibly large!


New Trans* Support Service

A new support service is starting on campus this term for Trans* students and staff.  The University of Kent has entered into a partnership with an organisation called TG Pals which is offering a twice monthly support group in Keynes on Wednesday evenings for Trans* students and their partners and family members.

The Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in Keynes Staff Common Room (1st floor) from 7pm-1pm.   Tea and coffee facilities are provided.

Meeting dates are:

Autumn term: 14th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November, 9th December
Spring term: 27th January, 10th February, 24th February, 9th March, 23rd March
Summer term: 11th May, 25th May, 8th June

For more details, contact Joy Everingham on
Additional information can also be found on the University website


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