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Outstanding Support for Students Award

Newcastle University Student Wellbeing Service has won the Outstanding Student Support category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

The THE Awards recognise outstanding achievements within the UK higher education sector. Our award was received in recognition of the University’s success in enabling learners with autism spectrum disorder to enjoy the full higher education experience. 

Commonly, support across the higher education sector is focused on academic issues and not on social and independent living skills. This can lead to some students – particularly those with learning disabilities – feeling uncertain about coming to university.

Recognising this, the 
Student Wellbeing team at Newcastle University set up initiatives that provide holistic support targeted at every aspect of a student’s experience at university and help to address their fear of the unknown.

Sandy Alden, Team Leader in the Student Wellbeing Service, said: “This is a fantastic achievement – both for the team and for the students the scheme is helping. In a short space of time, these initiatives have had a real impact and it’s hugely rewarding that this has been recognised with this award.”

The Student Wellbeing Service is supported by the University’s graduates and friends through the alumni fund. Thanks to the generous support of Newcastle University’s graduates and friends, the Student Wellbeing team has been able to provide key holistic support targeted at every aspect of a student’s experience.

Gifts to the alumni fund help us make a real difference across a range of key areas of need. Our supporters enable us to bring in the best students from all backgrounds, ensuring everyone is made to feel welcome and supported throughout their time here.


published on: 15 December 2015