In 2013, Unite Students launched a new approach to student wellbeing, following a period of research and consultation. Staff in our properties have received development and guidance to help them respond to students in distress or who express concerns. An essential aspect of this approach is to refer students to specialist support in their institution or within the community. Good quality partnerships with university Student Services teams are therefore essential.
For the 2013/14 academic year, Unite Students piloted a ‘First Six Weeks’ programme across all cities. This was designed to help students to settle in and make friends, and to integrate well with their flatmates, the community in their building, their university and the local community.