Receiving the right support throughout your degree can be pivotal to your success. Now, more than ever, receiving the right support has been a vital aspect of staying motivated and persevering through such a difficult and unsettling time.
Where can I go for help?
The student services online and hubs are the one-stop-shop for directing you to the right services, whether it’s counselling and mental health support, money, housing, international student and visa queries or disability and inclusion; you can book appointments or advice drop-in sessions easily through the platform. Advice drop-ins allow you to meet with advisors to determine what type of support is needed on a case-by-case basis. You can register with the counselling and mental health support team for 1-2-1’s, group sessions and other specialist support.
At the beginning of the academic year, you are assigned a personal tutor, who is a member of staff there to help guide and point you in the right direction; personal tutors can discuss support options and any impact on your academic progress. You can also access a range of online and in-person study skills support via the Library and Linkedin Learning.
When you start at King’s, you will be provided with many resources, a crucial one being the Welcome to King’s App (which I found incredibly helpful); the app has information on how to get started with the library, IT (free office 365 for all students at King’s!) and setting up your email, completing your enrolment, finding out about your inductions and other bits and bobs on your start of year checklist. Another super helpful app is the King’s Mobile app, which has various features like careers information and guidance, locations of ChargeBoxes provided to students and staff, a guide to KCL Student Union and how you can get involved, KEATS access (King’s primary web-based online learning environment), student support, timetable, skills hub and more.
From the first day at the IoPPN I have felt supported in all the ways that I needed it; support looks different for everybody. Our course holds engagement sessions regularly, where we can voice our concerns or doubts with our programme leader and team. I have been able to postpone exams due to mitigating circumstances painlessly; I was treated in a considerate and understanding manner, which made the entire process so much less pressured. I have had the opportunity to transform my research project into a dry (non-laboratory-based) project with incredible support and guidance from my supervisor. I have been able to access the university counselling services from home with ease and reassuring communication.
The IoPPN can help support you financially, educationally and socially.