Your health and wellbeing
Here at NTU we're committed to ensuring you've got access to tailored support and opportunities to help you to succeed. We offer 1-2-1 support and plenty of online resources to look after your mind, and when it comes to your body we believe keeping active is key to a balanced lifestyle. Whether you're encountering problems yourself, or worried about a friend we’re here to offer the guidance you need.
Looking after yourself
Whether you're new to NTU or returning, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. It may take a few weeks for you to settle in, so it’s important to take care of yourself and give yourself time to adjust.
Here are our top tips for looking after yourself and others.
Get a good night’s sleep
Getting a decent night’s sleep on a regular basis will help you cope with the demands of student life. Aim for seven to eight hours’ sleep per night, so you’ll be well-rested and ready to take on the day. If you can’t sleep, try reading an easy-to-read book, or listen to some chilled music. You could even try meditation – Headspace is a good app to use. Try not to stress about not getting enough sleep.
Looking after your mental health
Our mental health can be fluid, and some days will be better than others. If you ever find you’re not feeling on form, it’s important you do something about it. This can be easier said than done, but getting support early can make all the difference. check out our advice and guidance about managing your mental health.
Looking after your friends
A problem shared is a problem halved. If you think a friend might be struggling, ask them if they’re okay and get the conversation going. We offer free Look After Your Mates training via Student Minds, this is nationally recognised training on how to support yourself and your friends.
Make time for yourself
Uni life can be busy. Trying lots of new things and meeting new people can lead to you not having enough time for yourself. It’s really important to make sure you leave some space each week to do something for you. Chat with friends, watch your favourite film, go for a walk – do what works for you.
A certain amount of stress is good for us, but it’s important to do something about it before it gets too overwhelming. We all deal with stress differently, so try different coping strategies to find out what works for you. Here are some tops tips for managing stress during your studies.
If you eat well-balanced meals, you’ll have more energy, find it easier to concentrate, and feel on top form. This doesn’t mean you have to follow a certain diet – it’s just about moderation and making sure your body gets the nutrients you need to stay healthy and well.
University life is exciting, but can come with its own challenges. Our Wellbeing service ensures that you're properly supported by the right people, to help tackle whatever issues you might be encountering. You can get advice and guidance and have a safe space to talk about personal, emotional and psychological issues impacting on your studies.
Our Wellbeing Advisers, Mental Health Support Team, Counselling Service and Student Support Advisers all offer support to students depending on the situation and there is a single point of contact to request support to make it easier for students.
There are some great online resources you can use to help you manage your mental wellbeing and track your progress. SilverCloud is an online system designed specifically to help you if you are experiencing anxiety; depression; stress or eating issues. You can access SilverCloud at anytime, anyplace, and anywhere, whether you're on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
Student Space is here for you through coronavirus. However you’re feeling help and guidance is available. Explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help you with the challenges of student life on the Student Space website.
Student Space is a trusted place to:
- access confidential support via text, phone, email and webchat
- explore online resources
- find help available at uni
Our Wellbeing section on StudentHub gives you comprehensive guidance on who to contact and how we can help. Plus, we have safeguarding measures and support provision in place to protect the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults participating in university activities.
Talk to us if you're worried or need help for a friend
You can always tell us if you’re having personal, emotional or mental health difficulties by completing the get support for yourself form.
Nottingham Trent Students' Union also has an Information and Advice Service offering independent, free and confidential advice to students. If you feel as though you are in need of more urgent, emergency support, visit the Get Help and Support page.
If you’re worried about a friend at NTU and you need our help, we’re here. You can complete an online form for another student explaining your concerns. Student Minds offer some great advice and practical tips on how you can look out for your friends. It can sometimes be hard to know what to say, Student Minds have useful resources about how to start a conversation.
If you are away from home while at NTU, you are advised to register with a local medical practice when you join us. There are medical practices based at both the City and Clifton campuses (students based at Brackenhurst usually register with the Southwell Medical Practice).
Before coming to university, it is recommended that you have an annual flu jab if you have an underlying heath condition, and that you are up to date with vaccinations against, Meningitis C, Measles, Mumps, Rubella. Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria.
If you’ve been diagnosed with any kind of disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition, know that our support will be unconditional and tailored to your specific needs.
Our team of experienced disability specialists will outline and facilitate the adjustments – if required – that can support your independence. Furthermore, they’ll provide useful advice on funding opportunities to enhance your university experience. We also have an accredited assessment centre, where we can undertake your Needs Assessment as part of the DSA process. Find out more about support available to you over on or disability support pages.
If you are a disabled student, it’s important you disclose your disability to ensure that your support is in place for the start of your course.
COVID-19: your guide to self-isolating
Your safety and the safety of our staff and community is paramount. That's why it's really important that if you suspect that you may have symptoms of Coronavirus that you know what to do, not only to protect yourself but to protect those around you.
NTU Coronavirus tracking form
You should complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form* if one or more of the following applies to you:
- You have a positive COVID-19 test
- You have COVID-19 symptoms and are self-isolating whilst awaiting your test result
- You are self-isolating because a member of the same household or someone you have been in close contact with, has a positive COVID-19 test or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result
- NHS Test and Trace have contacted you to self-isolate
- You are required to self-isolate due to arriving in the UK from overseas
- You have taken a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test through your local community testing programme
The information you provide will be used:
- To support Local Health Authorities with Track and Trace – this may involve sharing your contact details
- As evidence for non-attendance due to self-isolation
- To enable Student Services and your School to support you through your self-isolation
- As evidence to support an NEC submission (Notification of Exceptional Circumstance) should you become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, that impact on an assessment
*Please note: in order to complete the form, you will be asked for your NTU login details.
New legal requirements mean that you could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate and fail to do so.
Being active is a great way to make friends and meet new people. It’s fun and has many benefits including producing happy hormones, boosting your immune system, and increasing your energy levels. It’s important you choose an activity you enjoy doing. Being a member of NTU Sport gives you access to on-campus fitness suites, classes and facilities.
NTU's in-house health and wellbeing programme, Healthy NTU helps you to make sure that you're happy and healthy. The programme offers support throughout your time at NTU, covering key health themes — from sexual health and alcohol and drugs, to nutrition and emotional welfare. The programme also includes workshops and wellness sessions, as well as University-wide initiatives. Our Healthy NTU guide also contains lots of useful tips and information on various support services.
Wellbeing Week takes place every March and seeks to raise the awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
As a University, we want to make lots of noise about mental health to help reduce any associated stigma, get more people talking about mental health and raise awareness of the fantastic help and support we have available here at NTU.
To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.
If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm excluding bank holidays.
Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.