Student Support Advisers
Find out how the Student Support Advisers can help you, including the process for getting support.
Support provided by a Student Support Adviser
The role of a Student Support Adviser is to provide you with information and advice on a wide range of university matters including:
- programme-related issues, options and module choices
- academic regulations, procedures and rules
- transferring to other programmes within the University
- personal circumstances (formerly known as extenuating circumstances) and what to do if unforeseen personal or medical issues affect your studies or assessments
- withdrawing from the University or taking time out from study
- paternity, partner and adoption leave
- pregnancy support – if you are pregnant, we can work with you and your academic department to agree a plan to support your studies.
The Student Support Adviser will co-ordinate the arrangements to ensure that students’ educational support needs are met during pregnancy, during any period of leave and on the student’s return to study. The Student Support Adviser will liaise with the academic department, the student, the Graduate School and other Professional Services as necessary, in order to ensure that the necessary reasonable adjustments are made. The agreed arrangements will be documented in a Student Pregnancy Support Plan, which will normally cover the following key points:
- Arrangement for ante-natal appointments
- Examinations and assessments
- Health and safety
- Placements/field work/study abroad
- Visa implications
- Student finances
- Absence (suspension of studies, pregnancy, maternity, adoption or partner leave)
For further information, please see the Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Adoption and Partner Leave Policy.
Student Support Advisers can also help to co-ordinate support for your studies by signposting or referring you to other specialist services where appropriate.
Making an appointment with a Student Support Adviser
An appointment with a Student Support Adviser can be made in person by visiting one of the Information Points or by telephoning +44 (0)117 32 85678.
You can also book an appointment online. Just log in to the Appointment section in InfoHub, select the topic you would like to talk about and choose an available appointment.
An appointment can be booked one working day in advance – for the same day or the next working day, subject to availability.
A telephone appointment with an adviser can be arranged where the adviser can ring you at the agreed date and time if you are unable to attend in person.
When the appointment is booked, you will receive an email confirmation of the date, time, meeting location and the name of the adviser you will be seeing. This email also contains a link which allows you to cancel the appointment if you are no longer available at the arranged time.
If you miss an appointment (or need to cancel)
Further information about appointments
- Appointments can be booked up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting slot.
- There are ten-minute quick advice appointments available to help you with quick queries (module choices, degree classification, re-sits) and 20-minute appointments to help you with more complex queries (personal circumstances, re-takes, pregnancy/maternity study support). If a particular issue requires more time than this, a follow-up appointment can be arranged.
During your appointment
The Student Support Adviser will take some notes as a record of the meeting in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.
The Student Support Adviser will listen to your query and provide appropriate information and advice. They may suggest a course of action which could involve signposting or referring you to another service within the University (or an external organisation).
After your appointment (for 20-minute appointments only)
- You will be sent appointment notes summarising the advice and action points of the meeting to your personal email account. The email will contain a link with instructions of how to access this information.
- The meeting journal will also request that you provide anonymous feedback about your experience at the appointment for the purposes of monitoring and improving the service.
Further information about the Student Advice Service
Student Support Advisers will not make decisions for you or make judgements about your conduct or circumstances.
Student Support Advisers are UWE Bristol staff who work within the University's regulations, policies and procedures. Advisers cannot act as advocates for you in a dispute with the University or in student conduct hearings. If you need independent support and advice, you should contact The Students' Union at UWE Bristol's Advice Centre.
You may find the following links useful:
- Academic survival guide produced by The Students' Union at UWE Advice Centre
- How to suspend, transfer or withdraw from your studies
- Wellbeing Service
- Support processes for assessments