Here to help

We know this is a difficult time for some, we want you to know that GCU is here to help. Don’t let things get on top of you, seek out the support you need.

Struggling with your studies? 

Struggling to cope with your studies online? Worried about workload or assessments? We have provided a number of ways GCU can help you. 

  • Assessment and Exams - If you need an extension for course work, then speak to your Programme/Module Leader. As per our normal procedures, we will be reviewing module performance for Trimester A compared to previous cohorts.  Where anomalies are identified, there is a process in place to consider adjustments that may be applied. Each student will have mid-year progression reviews, should support be needed at that point, you will be referred to the appropriate team for support.
  • Speak to your Personal Tutor or your Module Leader. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor at the start of their course.
  • Our Learning Development Centre can help you with study skills. They have lots of useful resources online, and can help with online learning, provide guides, hints and tips to help you with your studies. 
  • PALS - Signing up to our Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS) programme connects you to students already studying on your degree programme (Senior PALS) meaning that you can draw on their experiences as well as ask questions specific to your course. 
  • Smarthinking - we are piloting for this year only a new ‘Smarthinking’ service for all level 1 modules at GCU. Smarthinking will provide generic academic writing and mathematics and statistics support outside of LDC office hours every day of the year. You can get feedback on your work from Smarthinking by submitting work for online feedback, participating in an online drop in session, or booking a live, online session.  You will have an allowance to use Smarthinking of 90 minutes for the year that you can spread across all your modules (not 90 minutes per module). You can access Smarthinking online from the Institution Page on GCULearn.
Feeling anxious?

Life has changed. Being anxious is a normal reaction to the abnormal times we are in. Take time to talk to someone; a friend, family, your Personal Tutor or the Student Wellbeing Team or the SA Advice Centre

Tips on how to begin a conversation about your mental health. 

Togetherall - Togetherall is a 24/7 online global community, where individuals can access support from trained professionals. You can use Togetherall as a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Do you know kindness goes a long way?

Being kind to yourself and to others is particularly important just now. There are lot of things you can do to take care of your own physical and mental wellbeing. 

Have a look at some hints and tips on how to make yourself feel better.

There are also a range of self-help resources to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing. 

Being kind and compassionate towards others makes us feel better too. We have a some ideas of what you could say to brighten up other peoples’ day.

Struggling to cope with grief and bereavement?

During the pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Being bereaved can be a lonely time and the isolation of lockdown can make it even harder There is support here for you if you have been affected.

If you are feeling like you want to talk to someone, we have a number of qualified and experienced counsellors/therapists who are here to help. You can get in touch with the team by emailing our Student Wellbeing team.

You can also get support from external support agencies such as Cruse Breavement support Scotland and The Compassionate Friends

Worried about money?

Worried about losing your part time job? Changes to your family circumstances impacting on your household income? Here at GCU we have a number of resources to help you.

  • Careers - have a look on our career pages for part time employment opportunities. We have a number of resources which could help you during this time. 
  • Digital Inclusion fundIf you are struggling financially and require IT equipment to study your course online, please get in touch. 
Things getting on top of you?

Life is hard just now. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Studying from home can be a challenge, particularly if you have caring responsibilities or nowhere peaceful to work. You are not alone, we are here to help. Don’t let the pressures build up.

We have a number of departments who are here to offer support. 

International Student Support

 International Helplines and Crisis Support

  • Therapy Route provide information on helplines, suicide hotlines and crisis lines from across the world. 
  • Suicide.Org provide information on international prevention, awareness and support organisations.