Student Life in the UK

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Student Life in the UK

Student Services is here to support you while you study at John Ruskin College.  The service provides information, advice, guidance, financial support, counselling, careers advice, one to one personal support, extracurricular activities, events and lots of enjoyable ways to fill your free time.

We exist to support and encourage students and do all we can to aid academic success.  We understand that sometimes, through no fault of your own, learning can be the last thing on your mind if money worries or distractions at home or among your peers are disrupting your studies.  Student Services staff understand this and are here to help.

Student Partnership Council is a student body which organises a whole range of activities.


Professional careers information, advice and guidance are available for all students. Staff are qualified members of the Institute of Career Guidance.

Advice and guidance can be offered via individual, confidential appointments or through class tutorials. Topics covered include; planning your next steps, researching Higher Education options, UCAS applications, personal statements, Higher Education finance, job search skills, CV writing and interview techniques.

Appointments can be made via Student Services.

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 8651 1131


Need to talk?

Talk to your Well Being Adviser. The Well Being Adviser is professionally qualified and experienced and works to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This safeguards the confidentiality of the counselling service and ensures that the highest professional standards are maintained.

What is counselling?

Counselling entails you coming to one or a number of sessions during which you can talk about anything at all that is troubling you. Studying, producing work and meeting deadlines can be stressful and also bring other problems to a head. Equally, if something worrying or upsetting is going on in your life, it can be difficult to get the best out of your studies. Your Well Being Adviser will listen carefully and try to help you make sense of your particular situation. Because your Well Being Adviser is not part of your usual support network, she is in a position to be objective about your difficulties, as well as be supportive of you. The Well Being Adviser won’t give advice, make judgments or tell you what to do, although she may offer coping strategies, tips and resources to help you through particularly sticky times.

Issues that Well Being Advisers work with frequently include:

  • Difficulties coping with college work
  • Relationship problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety about relationships/sexual orientation
  • Depression, thoughts of self-harm/suicide
  • Family problems
  • A sense of isolation
  • The death of someone close
  • Panic attacks
  • Sexual/physical/emotional abuse
  • Worries about alcohol/drug abuse


The Well Being Adviser will not give any information about you, or anything you have talked about to anyone else unless you ask her to do so. Confidentiality would only be broken in extreme circumstances where you or another person may be in immediate danger, or when required by law. In this rare circumstance, the Well Being Adviser would try to talk to you before making a disclosure, although this may not be possible in case of an emergency.

The counselling service gathers statistical information for the College and may log the counselling hours you have received in the form of additional support with the Learning Support Manager. This information is used to improve and monitor the service, as well as to improve funding. When such information is collected and exchanged it is anonymised and will only be disclosed for auditing purposes.


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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.