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Support and Wellbeing

We offer a network of support services dedicated to helping you get the most from your time at Queen’s, looking after your health, emotional wellbeing, education, study needs, financial security and future career.

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STUDENT GUIDANCE CENTRE (SGC)

The SGC is the first place to visit for information, support, advice and guidance including:

• Careers Service
• Resilience, Wellbeing and Counselling
• Disability Services
• Student Finance
• International Student Support
• Learning Development Service
• Student Administration

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IT TRAINING AND SUPPORT

Providing an introduction to our virtual learning and email services, and advice and support on how to get the best out of University and personal IT equipment.

New students are invited to orientation sessions that outline the facilities and services available to them; many of which are based in the McClay Library, including the ICT Shop, which provides access to a range of accessories and IT support.

Blog: 8 Genius features of the high-tech Queen’s McClay Library

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Welcome to Queen's

We host a range of welcome events designed to help students settle into life at Queen's.

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CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY AND SKILLS

Offering career guidance, information and advice to help you develop your ideas, formulate a career plan and achieve your goals

We help you connect with employers, develop your skills and get international work and study experience.

Blog: How Queen's Can Help You Reach Your Full Academic Potential

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SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Queen's starts providing international students with support before their arrival!

We offer specialist visa and immigration advice and leading welcome and orientation programmes to help you maximise university life.

Blog: What Made Queen’s My Firm Choice for International Study

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RESILIENCE, WELLBEING AND COUNSELLING

Our qualified and experienced Counsellors can help work through any personal, academic and emotional difficulties that impact on your studies.

Blog: 12 people at Queen's you can ask for help at any time


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SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Including School and exam support, accommodation requirements and assistance with applications for Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Blog: Studying at Queen’s with a Disability

Support for Prospective Students with Disabilities


Support for Current Students with Disabilities
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CHILDCARE

Offering a range of childcare support, including full-time day care, out-of-school care and a summer activities scheme.


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FAITH PROVISION

Our chaplains and other religious representatives serve students and staff across 12 faiths and denominations.


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HEALTH

Healthcare and prescriptions are free for everyone in Northern Ireland through the National Health Service (NHS).

If you need to see a doctor or order a prescription, the University Health Centre at Queen's General Practice provides NHS (and non-NHS) services for Queen’s students.

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STUDENTS’ UNION ADVICE CENTRE

We provide you with essential academic, financial and welfare advice.

If you have worries or questions about your money, funding, accommodation, education or health and wellbeing, we can help.

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INFORMATION
MENINGITIS

The Admissions and Access Service has been asked by the University’s Occupational Health Service to bring the following information to your attention.

Local, EU and international students aged up to 25 years and starting university for the first time, should get the Meningitis ACWY vaccine from their GP before going to university. The Meningitis ACWY vaccine will increase protection against four Meningitis groups (A,C,W and Y).

There is an increased risk of infection with meningitis spreading when people live closely to each other such as in university halls of residence and other shared accommodation. It is therefore recommended that students receive vaccination at least 2 weeks before starting university.

Meningococcal bacteria can cause:

  • meningitis (inflammation of the lining in the brain)
  • septicaemia (blood poisoning) often leading to a rash of dark spots

Meningitis can cause death or long-term health problems including:

  • amputation
  • deafness
  • epilepsy
  • learning difficulties

Symptoms of meningitis:

Meningitis can affect anyone, but is common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:

  • a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F)
  • vomiting
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it (this won't always develop)
  • a stiff neck
  • discomfort or pain to the eyes due to light exposure
  • drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • seizures (fits)

All students who are changing their GP or who are registering with one for the first time should choose a GP in the local area when starting university.  If not already vaccinated, they can arrange to get this vaccine and other vaccines as appropriate. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term – don’t leave it until later.

If you would like further information about meningitis vaccination, visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/men-acwy-vaccination-teenagers-and-students

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