UCLan tops wellbeing league table

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has placed top of the 2020 Student Welfare League Table.

The university spent £6.2m on student wellbeing services during the 2018/2018 academic year, nearly £1m more than the second placed institution.

Support available to all 38,000 students and staff includes access to a team of trained counsellors and mental health advisors, a Financial Support Team offering more than £1m in hardship loans, and a dedicated Welcome Team to ensure new starters have all the relevant support and information they need, including for those leaving home for the first time or for mature students returning to education.

The university also offers a free late-night bus and a round-the-clock Safety and Security Team, a Pre-School Centre for students with young children, and free sports membership available to all students.

Dr Andrew Ireland, UCLan’s pro vice-chancellor (students and teaching), said: "At UCLan we take students’ health and wellbeing extremely seriously and seek to provide our students with support in the most meaningful ways possible.

"Our aim is to create an inspirational student experience, enabling people, irrespective of their backgrounds, to fulfil their potential. Investment in student support services plays a key role in this aspiration.

"Our dedication to student support can be seen through the creation of our £60m student centre and civic square project. This thriving, open space, which is being built with sustainability, accessibility and student wellbeing in mind, will help every student by providing easy access to an extensive network of support services, and a modern environment to work and play."

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