Support and Guidance
The Student Gateway, based in Gateway House, is a welcoming integrated reception for all non-academic enquiries. A number of services are available in the Student Gateway, such as:
More information is provided below on some of these services, for more information follow the links above.
Student finance and welfare
DMU's Student Finance and Welfare team is here to provide advice to students on all aspects of money matters. If you need help to manage your money because you are in debt, or if you are worried that you will not be able to afford to stay at university, we can help you manage your finances and access funding that you might be eligible for. Advice is also available on benefits, the financial implications of deferring or leaving your course and we can also refer you to other DMU departments and outside agencies for general welfare issues.
Counselling, mental health and wellbeing
They offer a range of services aimed at promoting emotional wellbeing and helping you to achieve your full potential at DMU. Hundreds of DMU students access their services each year. Counselling deals with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress and confidence building. Life coaching can support personal development helping you to maximise your potential. The mental health team can help students with a diagnosed mental health condition get support for their studies. Use this website to get information on counselling and life coaching, interactive self-help resources and support for students with a diagnosed mental health condition.
DMU provides all of its undergraduate students with a personal tutor who can be contacted regarding any general academic matter or personal concerns relating to such matters as adjustment to life at DMU. If you aren't sure who your Personal Tutor is you can find out by loggin in to myDMU. Your Personal Tutors name can be found under the 'Personal' and 'Course' tabs. Once you have this visit your Faculty Student Advice Centre for their contact details.
Seek support and advice from your tutors as early as possible. At times, your studies do need to take precedence. Working at regular times also means that you can give your employer as much notice as possible during periods where you might need more time. Often a certain kind of confident assertiveness is required; being assertive is a useful and possibly vital actively which can be learned and practiced.
National Union of Students
The National Union of Students (NUS) has published a report 'Meet the Parents' looking at the experience of student parents. The site also has some useful general links to childcare and funding.
Try joining up to netmums.com. There are lots of local resources available: childcare, childminders, activity clubs, financial assistance, childcare board, day nurseries, holiday playshemes.