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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 to help them continue 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, it is really helpful if you can get a copy of that to us, plus any evidence that supported it, such as a GP’s letter or psychologist’s report. If you received Disabled Students’ Allowance at college, please let us have a copy of your needs assessment and most recent funding application.

It is especially important to speak with us during the summer before you start if your support needs will need 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.

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.​

 

Confident Futures

Edinburgh Napier is committed to ensuring our graduates are highly valued by employers and are well prepared for successful careers. Our Confident Futures team is unique in the higher education sector, offering our students a high quality and purposeful programme of personal and professional development. The Confident Futures workshops are designed to develop your personal and professional skills, attributes and attitudes. This will help you reach your potential at university and successfully secure a graduate job or run your own enterprising business.

Depending on what you’re studying, some Confident Futures workshops will be offered as part of your academic programme, for example, before you do your first group work assignment or before you go out on placement.
 
Workshops include opportunities to identify and use a range of skills and tools to help you, for example in:
  • Managing yourself
  • Communicating with others
  • Working with others
  • Professional working
Visit Confident Futures for more information.
 

Careers

Working with you individually and in partnership with your tutors we aim to make sure that you are well prepared and supported to achieve your goals. The Careers team are happy to help if you have questions like:

"What are the career options with my qualification?"

"How do I find a part time job?​​​"

"How do I write a CV?​"

"​What can I do now to help my career in the future?"

Our services include workshops, appointments, CV Checkers and access to online resources.

Visit myFuture for more information or email careers@napier.ac.uk

Employer Opportunities

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; networking events and subject specific events.

Looking for a part-time job while studying? Visit myFuture.
 

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 community.
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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