Support and Advice

Things you need to know about skills development, your wellbeing & support services available.


 
 

Disabilities, health conditions 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 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. 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 iPoints 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 Skills

Studying at university is somewhat different from at school or college. The most successful students make efforts to improve their approaches to reading, writing, and independent learning. It is important, too, that students develop their understanding of techniques and concepts like referencing, structuring essays and reports, and critical thinking and writing. The Academic Skills team offers advice to all students, regardless of experience or ability, on these and other aspects of university work.

The team’s Get Ready site is designed for those new to university, and provides advice on the foundations of work at this level. The Academic Skills Blog offers more extensive guidance related to study and writing at university, as well as providing updates on the team’s services. It includes interactive skills guides, a resource bank, and an academic glossary.

Whilst campus activity is limited due to Covid-19, students are encouraged to email all enquiries and requests for individual guidance directly to the team: academicskills@napier.ac.uk.

 

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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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. 

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 Counselling & Mental Wellbeing for more information or email mentalhealthadviser@napier.ac.uk

 
 

Student Futures

Student Futures are a dedicated group of employability experts, here to support your professional development and prepare you for the world of work.

The Career and Skills Development team offer a range of services such as one-to-one career guidance, a variety of professional development workshops and support with your interview technique. Our Placements team can support you with finding a relevant work placement to enhance your degree experience. They look after all stages of this process - from help with your initial applications, to ensuring you are fully prepared for your placement.

Our Employer Engagement team are dedicated to building strong relationships with local, national and international employers in order to provide you with access to exciting employer events. The Graduate Recruitment team help make sure that you are seen as key emerging talent by employers by promoting a wide range of employment opportunities on our myFuture jobs board and working with employers to fully understand their recruitment processes.

Underpinning all of our services is our digital platform, myFuture, where you can book one-to-one meetings with a Careers Consultant, confirm your attendance at one of our many fantastic employer events or search for part-time and graduate vacancies.