How we support you
Here in the School of Business and Law, we promote an ask for help culture.
There’s so much support available to help you academically, with your employability, as well as support for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Our Teaching and Learning Lead, Sarah Cork, shares some advice for students: “Take control of your journey. It’s all there for you to make it happen.”
In this blog, we’ll signpost all the different types of support available to you. But if you’re ever not sure, please ask – either your course leader/module leader, Personal Academic Tutor or your Student Support and Guidance Tutor.
Your academic support is made up of your course leader, module leader, Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and the school’s Academic Skills Tutor.
There are individual tutorial hours available on every module, so if there’s something you’re struggling with on a particular module all you need to do is ask for help.
Find out what assessment support sessions are available on your module via the module roadmap via the module information folder for each module on My Studies. During these sessions, tutors will go through and discuss past examples of work.
We’re here to help you, so if you’re ever stuck in a session please do speak to us. Our ask for help culture means we’ll be able to signpost you to the most relevant support available.
For academic skills such as writing, referencing, support if English isn’t your first language, our Brighton Student Skills Hub (BSSH) offer:
- Support if English isn’t your first language via a tutorial to help with your speaking and listening skills
- Feedback on your academic writing via their writing advisory service
- One-to-one academic skills tutorials with our School of Business and Law’s Academic Skills Tutor, Louise
- Help with maths and statistics skills
- A number of study skills guides and online resources
- Academic writing guides
Your Personal Academic Tutor can help you get the most out of your studies and ensure you’re receiving the academic support you need. They’ll work closely with your course leader and may refer you to the school’s Student Support and Guidance Tutor (SSGT) for additional support.
If you’re not sure who your Personal Academic Tutor is you can visit the School Office on Level 3 of Elm House or email SBLfirstname.lastname@example.org to find out.
The School of Business and Law has a dedicated Student Support and Guidance Tutor called Amy. Amy is here to support you with any issues that might be affecting your studies, your wellbeing or your experience of university.
Our SSGT is the starting point for anything relating to your wellbeing, as they’ll be able to tell you about the support available and put you in touch with the right person. You can speak to Amy about things like:
- Your health, wellbeing and self-care
- Anxiety and stress-related issues
- Motivation, procrastination and managing your time
- Feeling isolated, lonely or homesick
- Accommodation issues
- Difficulties with your course, such as intermission, transfers and withdrawing
- Discrimination, bullying or harassment
- Additional considerations applications and processes
You can also access a range of wellbeing services, events and support including a 24-hour online platform, one-to-one support and lots of self-care activities via our wellbeing webpages.
Our Careers and Employability team can help you find a part-time job, mentor, placement, volunteering opportunities, and help if you’ve got a business idea you want to pursue.
They can also help you develop key skills that you’ll need to get a job when you finish your degree.
Book careers appointments, take a look at upcoming employability events, find placements/internships and look for part-time and full-time jobs over on Careers Connect. You’ll need to log in using your usual university username and password.
Make sure you sign up to the fortnightly email newsletter on Careers Connect!
There’s also support for international students looking for job opportunities with employers in the UK who will sponsor them. Log in to Student Circus for more details.
Our top tips for if you’re struggling
Our biggest piece of advice: don’t suffer in silence. Reach out and speak to someone if you’re struggling with anything academically or personally.
Top tips for making it through the rest of the first semester:
- Keep in the loop
Check your emails and check announcements on My Brighton. This is how we keep in touch with you and is the best way to stay on top of what’s going on.
- Go to class
It can be tempting if you’re struggling to stay at home and skip class, but this means you may fall behind and then struggle to catch up. Attending lectures, seminars and workshops gets you out of your room and around your peers, which we know can help you feel more connected.
- Get involved
Making friends is key to feeling like you belong somewhere. There’s lots of ways to make friends – our amazing Students’ Union run a number of events, plus there’s 100 student-led societies you can join to link up with people with the same interests as you.
- Ask for help
- Use the services available
- Sign up for the Careers Connect newsletter
- Engage with us
- Take part