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Being at University is a unique, challenging and stressful experience. Most students experience stress during the course of their university career, and while many cope successfully, others may need additional support. First year students in particular, may not have adequate academic or interpersonal skills and may not be sufficiently assertive to approach their lecturers when in difficulty.
Because lecturers assess students' work on a regular basis and tutors work with small groups of students, they are well placed to recognise and refer students who are at risk. Other staff and senior students such as Residential Assistants who come into close contact with students may also identify students at risk. The following guidelines may be helpful.
If in doubt - ask the student whether they are okay. An expression of concern may provide an opening for them to tell you of their distress.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016