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Break & Breathe

OK, so writing assessments is not the most fun that you will ever have at University, but they are a necessary part of studying and a fantastic way to show off all the great stuff you’ve learnt. It’s completely normal to be feeling a bit anxious at the moment, having lots of deadlines can feel like a lot of pressure, but it's not the end of the world.

If you take things "one thing at a time", allow yourself work breaks and time to focus on your wellbeing - all will be well. It’s all about balance.

Here at Hertfordshire Students’ Union we’ve all been through it and know that a little bit of self-TLC can make the world of difference. We wanted to bring together all the different ways you could take a break, look after yourself and maximize your study time; to encourage you to take some time out to look after yourself, have fun and also do your best. Remember, you've got this!

Our Top Tips for Bossing those Assessments

Hertfordshire Students' Union Advice & Support Centre have created some top tips to help you get through this potentially stressful time of year. Should you ever feel the need to seek practical advice, or simply want to get things off your chest...Speak to Your Students' Union Advice and Support Team:      e: advice@hertfordshire | t: 01707 285022

Struggling with your workload or want study/academic skills support? - Read our webpage to see what support is available for you.

Panicking about plagiarism or running out of time and feeling tempted by essay writing websites? Stop! - Read this article.

Are you fit to submit? - Read this article for important information about Serious Adverse Circumstances.

Do you know about the new "Safety Net" Policy? - Read this article to find out more.

Want specialist support during deadline season? - Read this article to find out more.


Activities during Deadline Season (and Lock-down)

Hertfordshire Students' Union Events and Activities

- Join the Herts SU Activity Hub Facebook Group for regular updates, activities, competitions and online events.

- Join Hertfordshire Students' Union on Facebook or Instagram for "take a break suggestions" (like DIY face masks, cook-a-long live's and recipe blogs) and daily challenges!

- Free "Yoga with Sarah" on Wellbeing Wednesdays from 11am-12noon.

- Keep up to date with our regularly changing schedule of events on the SU Events Listings

- We have created a list of really fun ways you can take a break from the comfort of your own home! 

UH Dean of Students' Office Events and Activities

- Join the "Herts Virtual Community" Facebook Group for regular online events, activities and updates; including...

          Weekly Watch Parties every Tuesday at 16:00. 

          Weekly Quiz every Wednesday at 15:00.

          Student Support Drop-in on Zoom every weekday from 13:00-13:30..

          Daily Ditloids and Puzzles.

          Daily #Virtualchaplain videos.

Active Students

A full schedule of free virtual active sessions, at different times throughout the whole week, to enjoy; spanning from Yoga to HIIT training. Click here for the full schedule.


Wellbeing Support during Deadline Season (and Lock-down)

There are lots of people and departments throughout the University who can help and support you - even during this period of lockdown. There is never a reason to feel like you are on your own and there are plenty of out-of-hours options available – should you need support when the University is closed.

The SU Advice & Support Centre

The Students’ Union Advice & Support Centre is open Monday-Friday, from 10am to 4pm, and is offering consultations via e-mail, skype and telephone. You do not need to book an appointment and there is always an advisor available to help you.

If you would like to contact the Advice & Support Centre, you could ring 01707 285022 or e-mail advice@hertfordshire.su. Skype consultations can be arranged upon request.

UH Student Wellbeing

UH Student Wellbeing is available to help any students who are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties, which interfere with them getting the most out of their time here. It is staffed by qualified and experienced counsellors, who understand the pressures of University life. Consultations are currently being offered online.

You can make an appointment by calling 01707 284 453, or e-mail studentwellbeing@herts.ac.uk. Alternatively you can complete a self referral form online; https://ask.herts.ac.uk/student-wellbeing. Then click on Student Wellbeing Self Referral & Consent to Share.

UH Chaplaincy

Friendly, warm and welcoming to students of all faiths - the University Chaplaincy is always on hand for help, information, advice and guidance in times of need. And the Chaplaincy is still here for you in virtual form! Please email chaplain@herts.ac.uk or follow @uhchaplain on Instagram and Twitter. There's also a Chaplaincy mobile: 07702 442 696 (office hours) if you fancy a chat. 

UH Dean of Students' Office

The Dean of Students Office are running a Virtual Student Support Drop In every working week day at 13:00 - 13:30. This is open to all students for the opportunity to join the team for a virtual drop in session. This will be with at least 2 members from the Dean of Students Office that will be available via video call to talk to you about any worries or questions you might have. 

All you need to do is create a free zoom account beforehand - https://zoom.us/. Then click the link here to join at 13:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4492726760?pwd=dThWeVJoWlorS25CNGo3SGxDTnpBUT09

For all other queries, e-mail deanofstudents@herts.ac.uk

The Samaritans

If you are having difficulties and need to talk to someone out of standard working hours, the Samaritans is a 24 hour service that is available to offer a listening ear and support in times of need.

You can contact them on 116 123 (from UK Landlines or mobile phones). If you don’t feel you can talk out loud about your problems, but still need a sounding board, you can e-mail them on jo@samaritans.org and a dedicated volunteer will respond. 

Want to find out more about Samaritans? Visit their website!


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