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We know that last year was tough and that the new year has not started in the way we hoped it might. Lockdown may have reduced your contact with friends or family, or perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed. Oxford Brookes has a number of services that you can reach out to for support and there are still things that you can get involved with wherever you are.
The University Wellbeing teams ( Counselling, Student Welfare, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Disabled Students) are available Monday to Friday during office hours.
If you need support when they’re not available, details of other services can be found at the Need help now webpage.
Online support is available to all students, no matter where you are, from our new partners at Togetherall. The Togetherall website hosts a supportive community of other people in similar situations whose identities are not disclosed.
Once you have registered, you will have free access to spaces where you can chat about how you’re feeling or express this in other ways through the creative tools available; you can also share tips on how to cope with a variety of issues. There are also clinically trained staff available to make sure the space is safe and supportive.
You can also follow self-paced courses about managing your mood and you can track your own progress through self-assessments.
Register on the Togetherall website with your Brookes email address - you will then create a profile that protects your identity so you can use the website anonymously.
The Brookes coronavirus health and wellbeing webpage for students has many ideas and resources that you may find useful during this time.
If you require academic support during this time, you can access the Library’s online services and resources. There, you will find the new Virtual Help Zone, the Scan and Send service, live online chat facility and your Academic Liaison Librarians, as well as 24/7 access to online journals and ebooks, to help you with your work. Students who remained at University over the winter break, or who have been permitted to return to campus for face-to-face teaching, are able to access the libraries by using their student card.
The Centre for Academic Development is also available to offer support to students, the team offers a range of online study resources and workshops - its daily online drop-ins will resume from 25 January.
If you’re currently staying in University accommodation, someone will be available if help is needed. If there isn’t someone at the hall reception desk, someone will be available by phone who can help in an emergency. You can find this information on posters in Hall Offices. Wardens will be on duty as usual so if you have any problems or difficulties you can contact them.
If you’re staying in Brookes Lettings shared housing and you have any maintenance problems, please report this in the usual way. You should also have emergency contact details on your notice board in your house.
BXtra aims to build the Oxford Brookes student community, share information on all that the University has to offer while you’re here, and showcase students’ achievements. Alongside content on the extra-curricula things you can get involved with, BXtra also features study-related content, and content on study skills and wellbeing, providing student-created support and resources. Visit the BXtra webpage for more information.
Explore the Enterprise Support webpages for a variety of opportunities. Build your skills, develop your confidence and kickstart your business with our fantastic programme of events, mentorship and co-working spaces.
Sign up by 19 January to take part in the Rise programme, a 9-week roadmap for people from ethnic minority backgrounds, unleash your potential, forge valuable connections and join a global community of changemakers. Find out more on the Rise webpage.
The Bloom women’s coaching programme 2021 is open for applications until 26 January. Bloom is a 6-week step-by-step programme and innovative online platform creating an empowering space for you to forge valuable connections, share advice and bloom.
You could consider volunteering. The Brookes Careers Volunteer Centre has details of organisations who are looking for help with projects here and abroad that you can do in person or on your computer.
Brookes Sport are once again offering free, online HIIT and Pilates fitness classes, read the Virtual classes to kick start 2021 article for class times and Zoom Meeting details.
If you would like to meet new people, Student Connect is a tool to help you make contact with other students who share your interests. Find out more about how you can connect with new people on the Student News hub.
Could you be a Global Buddies Mentor? Starting at university can be a challenging time, especially for students who are travelling to a new country. You can help make this experience a positive and rewarding one for our international students arriving this semester. Find out more about becoming a Global Buddies Mentor, the deadline for applications is 20 January.
Take part in the University's photography competition for your chance win Amazon vouchers! There are three categories and the competition is open until 31 January 2021, full details are available on the Student News hub.
If you’re using the opportunity to get some University-work done, you can still access the electronic library (ebooks, ejournals, databases) 24/7. If you've returned to campus, libraries are open. You can also find course resource help online too.
IT support is available remotely to find out more about the services, visit the IT Services webpage or contact the team for assistance by calling 01865 483311, or go to service.brookes.ac.uk to log a call or chat with them, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.
If you’re an international student staying in the UK at the current time or will be joining the University soon, the International Student Advice Team (ISAT) is here to support you. The team has organised a number of online activities for you to get involved with, visit the social activities webpage for more information.
If you have just arrived in the UK or will be joining us shortly, ISAT runs a Global Buddies programme which brings together our current UK and current international students, who we call Mentors, with newly arrived international students. The ISAT webpages also contain advice and guidance which you may find useful.
If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, then please read the Financial Aid webpages for more information on what help is available. Please note that the Financial Aid team is available Monday to Friday during office hours.