Support

Starting a higher education degree can be a daunting experience – but you should never feel overwhelmed. We have people here to help you cope who would be delighted to hear from you.

Our Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) is at 99 Gower Street where we run an open door policy – you’re welcome to visit anytime during your time with us. The centre employs six full-time members of staff so there’s always someone available to listen to you and offer advice:

Wellbeing
Our wellbeing programme offers you the opportunity to take time out and reflect on how your life could be enhanced by finding that sense of calm and centredness which lies at the heart of a balanced, fulfilling life.

Of course, being a student isn’t always easy. Students often live on limited incomes and very often need to balance work, family and friendship commitments with their studies. If you do get stressed, it’s important to find ways of coping. For this reason, you should consider our wellbeing programme as a fundamental part of making the most of your time here at Bloomsbury Institute.

For more advice on wellbeing, email sews@bil.ac.uk

Employability
Our employability service is located within SEWS, giving you advice and guidance on developing your career. Much of this support is delivered to you during classes and revolves around your Personal Development Plan (PDP), which you’ll learn about from your Course Leader. You can build on the classroom work by arranging a one-to-one meeting with the centre’s Employability Advisor who can help you with job applications, creating CVs and preparing for interviews.

To contact the Employability Advisor, email employability@bil.ac.uk

StudyPlus
StudyPlus offers you academic support when you need it. Whether you’re struggling with your studies or simply wish to improve, our weekly workshops on academic language and academic skills tap into the power of small group learning to really help you develop the tools you need to succeed as a student. Details of these workshops are published on Canvas (our VLE) and online.

You can also book a one-to-one appointment with a StudyPlus tutor to talk through any issues. The tutor will expect you to send them a sample of your work before the meeting so they can diagnose the specific challenges you face.

To arrange a chat with a StudyPlus tutor, email studyplus@bil.ac.uk

Peer Advisors
Each year we train a group of students to provide a signposting service to the entire student community. These Peer Advisors are available throughout the week in the Student Guild on Malet Street. They offer a good starting point for advice on how to resolve a problem involving student ID cards, library cards and Student Central cards. And, if they can’t solve your problem, they’ll put you in touch with people who can.

Disability Service
Disabilities, long-term medical conditions, and specific learning difficulties are never barriers to success here at Bloomsbury Institute.

After all, we‘re committed to providing a level playing field for all students, building an inclusive academic community which empowers everyone to study as independently as possible during their time with us.

Specially trained staff are here to advise and support you. And we’ll work with you to agree any adjustments that might be required (including exam arrangements) and liaise with academic departments to make sure your needs are met.

We also rely on students with disabilities and long-term medical conditions to help us improve the support we offer – this helps us build the most inclusive academic community possible.

Make an appointment with a Disability Advisor: disability@bil.ac.uk

External Speakers Programme
These events are designed to support you in your studies and help you make the most of your time here.

We’ll tell you well in advance about the external experts who come to share their insights and wisdom during lunchtime dialogues and evening seminars. It’s definitely worth attending these events to enhance and widen your learning. Past speakers include Philippa Drew OBE, a human rights activist and Dai Powell OBE who is the Chief Executive of Hackney Community Transport.

To learn more about our External Speaker Programme email sews@bil.ac.uk