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Health and Wellbeing

Feel your best and get the most out of your research degree with tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.

Everything you need to stay well

No matter who you are, prioritising your wellbeing will help you get more from life and studies

That’s why we’ve made a huge investment in building a network of health and wellbeing services to support you.

From yoga and mindfulness workshops, to 24/7 telephone counselling, we provide you with all the tools and support you need.

Find your balance, achieve more

Life as a postgraduate research student is rewarding, but it will always bring challenges too.

Chances are you’ve chosen this route because you set yourself high standards. You want to achieve great things.

With these aspirations, it can be hard to find a healthy work–life balance.

But self-care is essential if you want to achieve sustainability over the long-term.

To help you take care of your wellbeing, we offer

  • sports and fitness, including fitness classes, yoga and Pilates, and team games
  • free workshops on topics such as mindfulness, overcoming procrastination and improving sleep
  • a free wellbeing app to help you establish healthy habits
  • information on local doctors, dentists and NHS services
  • advice to help you manage your finances
  • practical and emotional support for student parents
  • LGBTQA+ social and support groups
  • places of worship and spiritual support for all major faiths

If you've got a problem affecting your wellbeing, we're here for you right away.

Here for you when you need extra support

Most of us experience times in our lives when we need extra support. If you've got added pressures, commitments or health issues to overcome, we're here to help. Perhaps you're:

  • living with a disability or long-term medical condition
  • struggling with your mental health
  • acting as a carer for someone
  • a survivor of sexual violence


24/7 telephone support

If you've got a problem affecting your wellbeing, we're here for you right away. You can speak to our dedicated postgraduate support team at any time, night or day.

Simply call 0800 030 5182 and quote the username 'Newcastle' and password 'University'.

A trained counsellor will assess you on the spot. If your case is urgent, you'll receive immediate support. All our telephone counsellors are British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered.

Where needed, we will assign you to a named BACP counsellor who'll contact you within 3 days. You can get help with:

  • stress and anxiety
  • work advice
  • family issues
  • relationship advice
  • childcare support
  • financial and legal information
  • alcohol, drugs and gambling
  • medical information
  • bereavement
  • consumer issues