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Skills development, wellbeing & support services​​​​​​​
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Things you need to know...

 

Disabilities, health co​nditions and specific learning difficulties

At Edinburgh Napier, we work with a lot of students who tell us of their disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty as they seek help to succeed in their studies.

If you have had support before, for instance extra time when you took exams at school or college, we can look to carry on that sort of support on your new course.  We can also help you think through challenges coming up, develop new strategies, and decide about any additional support, including accessing additional funding if you are eligible.

It is essential to start planning ahead early to ensure that support can be discussed and put in place as close to the start of your course as possible.  If you had a support plan at school or college, send us a copy of that as soon as you can and include any evidence that supported it, such as a screening report from school, GP’s letter or educational psychologist’s report. 

If you received the Disabled Student’s Allowance at college, please send us a copy of your needs assessment report or your recent funding application – again, as soon as you possibly can.  Preparing your support works best when we can review your documentation before you start your new course with us. – do not leave it until the autumn if you possibly can avoid it.

It is especially important to speak with us during the summer before you start if your support needs will require us to bring in other specialist help, such as sign language interpreters and electronic note-takers.  That is simply because the practicalities can take longer to sort out and we want everything in place in time for you.

If you suspect you might have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, but you don’t have evidence, take a look at the information on the British Dyslexia Association’s website​.  

BEFORE arranging an appointment with an adviser, please complete the SpLD Checklist. If a SpLD looks likely, keep a copy and bring it with you when you see an adviser.

Autism Transitions Programme: we run a two-day transition programme for Autistic students each August. The programme aims to help you prepare for University by providing information on a range of topics as well as opportunities to meet other students, tour your campus and ask any questions you might have’. = or something similar.  A family member is also welcome to come with you as support.

All discussions will be confidential and we will ask for your consent before we share any sensitive information about your needs with other staff.

Members of the Disability & Inclusion team can be contacted at any time during the year. Please email disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk if you have questions about arranging support.

You can also find out about appointments, drop-ins and workshops through the year by contacting the iPoint reception desks at Craiglockhart, Sighthill or Merchiston.

Getting support for a Specific Learning Difficulty

If you have evidence of your specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD) – e.g. a report from an educational psychologist, letter or report from school/college etc., arrange an appointment with an adviser:

If you suspect you might have a specific learning difficulty, but you don’t have evidence, BEFORE arranging an appointment with an adviser you should complete the SpLD Checklist.

If your score is 45 or more, then please do the following:

  • complete and return the New Student Questionnaire and book a place on the AT and Library Workshop when it opens. (Please note that you must have completed your matriculation before you attend a workshop. If you haven’t matriculated, you won’t be able to access the University’s computers and networks).
 

Academic S​kills​

Writing at university level is very different from writing at school or college and is a skill you will need to be successful in your assessments. Even if you are already a top student, there will be new academic skills to learn, for example improving your critical thinking and writing; building an academic argument and avoiding plagiarism. The Academic Skills team provide guidance and support for all students who wish to develop as effective, independent learners.

Get Ready​ is a website designed specifically for you to access information about studying at university and provides useful tips and advice for new students.


Details of all the Academic Skills provision: workshops, drop-ins and one to one appointments are available on the  Academic Skills pages

Research shows that studying and working abroad can have a positive impact on academic and career outcomes. As an undergraduate student at Edinburgh Napier you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe or overseas for part of your degree. 

If you think this is for you or just want to find out more about the destinations available to you, the Global Mobility team will support you before, during and after your time abroad.

The team organise ExchangeFest during Trimester 1 with plenty of opportunities to find out more about studying abroad and offer bookable appointments on each of the University’s three campuses every week during term time.

Visit Exchanges for more information or email studyabroad@napier.ac.uk to find out more.​

 

Student Futures

The Student Futures team are committed to ensuring that all of our students and graduates are well supported and prepared for successful careers in today’s ever-changing labour market. We aim to support you to develop the most highly valued professional skill sets required by employers from a range of disciplines and sectors, so that your chances of securing meaningful and rewarding graduate level job opportunities is significantly increased both before and after your education with us is complete.
 
Our highly qualified and experienced Careers and Development Consultants are here to ensure that Edinburgh Napier students receive a high quality and purposeful programme of workshops and interactions. These include (but are not limited to) CV checkers and career one-to-ones, job seeking strategy insights and career planning activities, as well as communication and professional development workshops which will help you focus on how to manage yourself and work effectively with others.
 
In addition, we have a leading Employer Engagement and Recruitment team dedicated to building the strongest relationships with local, national and international industry networks in order to provide you with access to the latest industry opportunities and networking events. Our employer events programme runs throughout the year and provides you with opportunities to make direct contact with a wide range of industry professionals.  Employer events include careers fairs, employer presentations, career cafes, employer skills workshops, mentoring and industry networking events, to name but a few.

Underpinning our service is our amazing careers and professional development portal myFuture where you can book one-to-one meetings with a Career Consultant, confirm your attendance at one of our many fantastic employer events or search for part-time and full-time vacancies on our live jobs board.

To find out even more about our fantastic service or to make contact with one of our friendly team, please visit myFuture for more information or email myfuture@napier.ac.uk
 

Counselling & Mental Wellbeing

For most students, going to university is an exciting and enjoyable experience. But for some it can be challenging; being lonely and homesick, or because they bring with them unresolved personal and emotional issues. The Counselling & Mental Wellbeing team exists to help and support students to cope with these kinds of issues. Both services adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.
 

Counselling

Our counselling service offers non-judgemental and accepting support by dedicated and qualified counsellors.
  • One to one assessment and counselling, in general, up to 5 sessions
  • Student can self-refer by e-mailing counselling@napier.ac.uk
  • Students can use counselling to explore their thoughts and feelings to find meaning or work towards a particular goal. This can be based on any aspect of their life and not just their studies.
  • Counselling can help with building emotional resilience during periods in a student’s life when they are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
  • Counselling offers a space which allows for support and exploration of personal and relational difficulties (past or present) where the student can develop new resources and coping strategies.
  • As a service we can, with the student’s agreement, also look at referral to other support within the communi
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Visit Counsellin​g for more information or email counselling@napier.ac.uk
 

Mental Wellbeing​

Our Mental Health team can help if you:
  • have an existing mental health condition
  • are feeling anxious or depressed
  • are worried about your mental health
  • want to plan how to stay well while at university
Visit Mental Wellbeing​ for more information or email mentalhealthadviser@napier.ac.uk
 

Faith

Information about spiritual direction and faith​ within the University. 
 

Personal Development Tutor

Starting life at university is incredibly exciting, but at times it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you adjust to a new environment. Your Personal Development Tutor (PDT) is assigned to you during the first few weeks at Edinburgh Napier and will be your first point of contact for any academic or personal issues you may experience throughout your time at university.

Visit Personal Development Tutor (PDT) for more information.
 
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