How can University Centre Sparsholt (UCS) support your Wellbeing…

Studying for a degree in a subject that you are passionate about is exciting, but it can also bring its own unique challenges. We know how important it is to stay focused on your studies but recognise that life can get in the way sometimes.

Please see below the support that is available to you:

Student Success and Progress Coach

The student success and progress coach is your first point of contact for any learner enquires.  They will be monitoring attendance and learner satisfaction carefully and can liaise with other university colleagues to ensure that you thrive here.

Academic Tutor

You will have a dedicated Tutor who will support you through your studies. You will meet regularly and discuss your academic progress and support your personal development.

Student Study Coach

The Study Coach is a second or third year learner who provides an hour a week of academic coaching to a first year group. They are usually studying the same subject as the group that they are coaching so have the experience of being a first year, what it’s like to be a degree student, and the associated challenges of studying at Higher Education. They provide support and guidance on a range of academic skills, as well as working through assignments and any other aspects of the course that first year learners are finding tricky. Having been a first year themselves they are some of the best people to support new learners as they embark on their chosen course of study.

Residential Support Wardens

The Residential Support team are available at Sparsholt site 24/7 (there are slightly different arrangements for our Winchester City accommodation).  Sparsholt team offer first line welfare support for learners living in our halls of residence. They can be contacted on the duty warden mobile number, by email or by popping to the Wardens office at any time.  Outside the warden’s office is a yellow phone that connects to their mobile should they be away from their desk.

Wardens are there to support and respond to any emergency situations. They can support queries between residents, offer tea and toast at any time for a chat and can signpost to other services as needed.  Our team are here to encourage you to live healthy, independent lives and form a safe inclusive community for living and learning at UCS.

Student Services

For frequently asked questions about travel, funding, lost property, locker hire etc. along with support information.  Please see the student services and wellbeing page, available 24/7 through Ledge.  Alternatively, you are welcome to come to wellbeing in the support hub where staff would be pleased to help you or signpost you on to those that can.  

The Wellbeing Team

Can support you with your wellbeing and provide a welcoming space with mindful activities available such as self-help resources, colouring, sand garden, origami, puzzles and much more.

  • Wellbeing host two clubs for higher education learners and their allies.  Spectrum for neurodiverse learners Queer Corner for LGBTQIA learners.
  • We have online resources in Ledge for self-help, apps, videos, websites, resources and information.  This is available 24/7 and is accessible in A-Z format for ease and includes crisis support information.
  • UCS has a free counselling service which is available to all learners who feel this would be of benefit to them. See their page on Ledge for full details and how to self-refer.
  • You will be sent information about disabled students allowance when applying, but for more information please see on Ledge or Wellbeing can send you some information.
  • If you have a diagnosed mental health condition, we encourage you to share this with us through the registration process. There is an opportunity for you to tell us how you would like to be supported, so that you can come to Sparsholt and achieve your chosen qualification.
  • If you have an unspent criminal offence, this does not necessarily prevent you from studying at Sparsholt, but we do require you to declare it. We can usually agree a support plan for you to attend so that you can come to Sparsholt and achieve your chosen qualification.
  • We can give confidential information and support on sexual health matters. There is also an on-site sexual health clinic held once a week. Clinic and condoms are free for those up to 24 years of age.
  • We have a college nurse on site for our residents or for those with complex medical needs.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, please get in touch or pop in and see us:

Email wellbeingteamsparsholt@sparsholt.ac.uk