We have a range of free and confidential support systems for all students, such as our Wellbeing service. The service offers advice on a range of issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood, self-harming behaviours, bereavement and loss, eating issues, dependency and addiction, concerns about sexuality, issues with self-esteem and confidence and long-term mental health difficulties.
Students can access these services in person, or make a confidential appointment by phone, email or using an online referral form.
The team is made up of highly-qualified health and wellbeing professionals with a wealth of experience, so you can be confident about your child receiving the support they need.
The Disability Support team provides information, support and guidance to students with disabilities, mental health difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia) and long-term medical conditions.
The team outline the services and support they offer to all students, from the application stage and throughout the entirety of their time with us:
Some students need a little help making new friends and feeling comfortable in their new environment. That's why our Students' Union offers SU Buddies, which pairs new students with a current student who can help them find their way around, find the best place to get a cup of coffee, share study tips and much more.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers practical advice and support to help your son or daughter in getting part-time work while they study and succeed in employment when they graduate.
At Sunderland, we firmly believe that the key to getting a dream job when graduating is to start early, and the Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support that extends for up to three years after your child graduates.
You can be sure that University of Sunderland graduates leave us with fantastic employment prospects. In the recent 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of students from these courses were in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers):
BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics
BA (Hons) Photography Video and Digital Imaging
BA (Hons) Dance
BA (Hons) Journalism
BA (Hons) Business and Applied Management
BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management
LLB (Hons) Law
BSc (Hons) Computing
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Social Work
As a parent, while we may not be able to discuss your child's specific circumstances with you, you are welcome to contact any of our support services, visit them in person, or speak to them at an Open Day and find out more about the comprehensive support that's on offer at the University of Sunderland.
Don't just take our word for it though, read graduate Sophie Dishman's blog about the how the University supports our students' mental health.
If you have any questions about health, wellbeing and what services we offer to students, please get in touch:
Tel: 0191 515 2933
To learn more about our Careers and Employability Service, you can contact them on:
Tel: 0191 515 2920
To find out more about our Students' Union and the services they offer, please visit their website or contact them on:
Tel: 0191 515 3030
If you feel you need a little bit of extra support, the University also has a Wellbeing team. They can offer free and confidential counselling as well as access to online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in the form of Silvercloud, and can signpost you to the Disability Support Service, who can help if your mental health is getting in the way of your academic life. The Chaplaincy is also there to offer a listening ear."
Sophie Dishman – BA (Hons) Journalism
Bagged an internship over the summer? How are you going to make the right impression? @GradJobsUK_vmg have some handy top tips to get the best out of your opportunity.https://t.co/iYCvcEfpig— Sunderland Futures (@UoSFutures) June 26, 2018
Don't forget our advisers are here to help too! https://t.co/CnTvK5ZDgi pic.twitter.com/bH57zWF64f
Really pleased to have Nicola from Spectrum Savvy in today delivering Autism workshops to staff from the @sunderlanduni Student Support, Progression & Admissions teams. Disability Support applies to us all! #dst #Neurodiversity #inclusion #ActuallyAutistic @NicolaBeldham pic.twitter.com/RcimTQh8Rs— Student Support (@SupportUoS)
Whether you need advice on a personal matter or just want someone to talk to, you’ll find our approachable practitioners will offer you professional support & guidance on a range of health-related issues. You can find them online, or on their very own Twitter account @SupportUoS pic.twitter.com/TZ6v51tChf— SunderlandUniversity (@sunderlanduni) June 12, 2018