Advice & Support
Studying for a postgraduate programme can be incredibly challenging. You may be living in a new city (or even a new country), meeting new people, and discovering new theories, ideas and concepts.
At the GSA Advice Service, we recognise that this is only the start of the challenges which you might face as a postgraduate student. You might find that you aren’t getting on with the people on your programme, you might feel homesick or lonely, or you might have illnesses which affect your studies.
The GSA Advice Service is here to help you meet these (and other) challenges in your University experience, and to help you to make sure you do the best you can in your studies.
What can you help with?
The GSA Advisers are able to specifically advise you on the following issues:
- The Exceptional Circumstances process and procedures
- Submitting an academic appeal at the Formal and Review stage
- Problems with your supervisor
- Academic misconduct
- Student discipline
- Submitting a complaint to the University
Our Advisers are also really experienced in the support available to you both from the University and in the wider community. We can help you to access support for:
- Mental health issues and difficulties
- Disability-related issues
- Homesickness, stress, and worry
- Issues related to students with children or dependents
- Bullying and harassment
- Racism and race-related violence
- Sexual Health Services
- Sexism, misogyny and misandry
- Sexual violence
- Issues related to student sex workers
If you aren’t sure who can help you or where to turn to, please come and see us in the Advice Service – if we can’t help you, we can work with you to find out an appropriate source of support.
Who are our Advisers?
Emma, Louise and Susie are Advisers at the GSA. They work every day with students facing difficulties to work out the best way forward, and have lots of experience in working with a wide range of students.
How can I book an appointment with an Adviser?
If you’d like to speak with an Adviser at the GSA, please book an appointment on the website here.
Where will my appointment be?
The majority of our appointments take place in the GSA Advice Room. This is just opposite the GSA Offices on the first floor of Vanbrugh Nucleus.
If you are in Market Square, go down Vanbrugh Walkway towards Greg’s Place. Turn right into the building which is labelled “Department of History” just before you get to Greg’s Place.
You will see a set of doors to your right in this building. Go through these doors and you will find a lift on your right. Go up to the first floor.
You then need to turn right out of the lift and go past the sofas. Go through the door ahead of you and walk to the end of the corridor. Go through another set of doors at the end of this corridor and you will see the GSA office.
Let a member of staff in the GSA office know that you’re here for an appointment and the Adviser will be with you shortly.
What will happen during my appointment?
At the start of your appointment, the GSA Adviser will take you into the GSA Advice Room. You can see a picture of this below.
The Adviser will ask you to take a seat, and you can sit wherever you feel most comfortable.
The Adviser will then ask you to explain the issues you are experiencing. They may ask you further questions about the issues and problems in order to help you to work towards a solution.
The Adviser may be able to provide advice about your next steps during the appointment, or may be able to direct you immediately to services which can help you.
If the Adviser isn’t able to advise you or signpost you to an appropriate service immediately, they will contact you over the next few days with further information.