Your wellbeing is our top priority and we have in place a range of measures to ensure you stay safe, happy and healthy while at University. We’re lucky that our campus is a fantastic green space, with plenty of outdoor places to study and socialise, to make the most of.
- Campus signage is in place to remind all staff, students and visitors to practise social distancing and regular handwashing.
Handwashing facilities is provided across campus, as well as hand sanitiser in high traffic areas. One-way systems are also in place across buildings where they’re needed.
- We are increasing our cleaning provision on campus to ensure all spaces are hygienic and clean at all times.
Our Cleaning Team has been working hard on campus, and we are paying extra attention to busy areas.
- We will also be asking everyone to wear a face covering in all buildings and indoor circulation spaces on campus where a safe 2 metre social distance cannot be maintained (excluding accommodation) as it is a great way to help minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The University will provide you with your very own University of Birmingham face covering after you have arrived. It will be washable and reusable, which is convenient and much better for the environment than single use face coverings. For students who are exempt from wearing face coverings we have signed up to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme, this allows students who are exempt from wearing a face mask to be identified by a sunflower lanyard.
Support for your wellbeing at university
Your Wellbeing Officers work within your Schools and Colleges and have local knowledge of your subject area. The teams continue to provide online support in the majority of cases. We will not be offering any drop-ins at first, so that we can maintain a Covid-safe environment, but we will be able to offer bookable in-person appointments where these are needed and in a safe environment.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
We are offering a fully online counselling and wellbeing service to students based in the UK, using email and (virtual) face-to-face appointments. We will offer bookable in-person appointments as required and when it is safe to do so. You can always access our range of self-care and self-help materials alongside information about crisis services and other resources that are available on the mental health & wellbeing pages on the intranet.
Pause are our partners in supporting your mental health. Working with The Children’s Society and Forward Thinking Birmingham, the Pause team provide early interventions to support mental health and wellbeing. We have continued to offer a telephone and email service throughout the restricted-operations period and are leading the way in developing socially distanced outdoor activities, such as walking appointments in association with Winterbourne House and Gardens. Our usual drop-in model will be restricted at the start of the new academic year, but in person support will grow and the team will continue to support students remotely.
Mental Health and Wellbeing services
Students with disabilities
The Student Disability team are continuing to work remotely and offer in-person appointments as needed. For students with a declared disability, long term mental health condition or a specific learning need, your Reasonable Adjustment Plans and any Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) funded support will still be in place, where eligible. If your needs have changed or if you need any additional advice or guidance you can contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaplains from a range of faith traditions are available to meet with students, either online or in person, whether you want help navigating faith on campus or would simply value a non-judgemental listening ear. St Francis Hall, the home of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, is open, but we will of course be working hard to keep you safe. This means that there will be restrictions on the numbers of visitors allowed in at any one time.
Your health: registering with a Doctor
It is important that you are able to access local health services by registering with a local Doctor (General Practitioner (GP) Surgery) close to your term time address. A GP can provide support for your mental and physical health, and they are usually the first health service you should contact when you are experiencing a problem. It is simple and free - and for International Students, the immigration health surcharge will entitle Tier 4 students to access NHS care in the UK at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident.