The Counselling Service offers a free confidential service to support our students.
You do not have to have a problem as such: if you feel confused, unhappy or find it hard to focus and concentrate on your studies, talking to a counsellor helps to clarify and explore what is troubling you. It offers a confidential relationship which you can safely use for feedback, challenge and support and a rare space for reflection and self development.
Through the process of coming to know more about yourself and having greater expression and communication skills, you can identify choices and make closer connections with others. As one student wrote: "I want to thank you for helping me to help myself to become the person I know I can be".
Emotional issues can often block the ability to study to your full potential and counselling helps to undo these blocks.
What we offer
We offer individual face to face or online counselling, workshops and guidance on self-help.
For further details, and to enquire about appointments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both male and female counsellors are available.
Disabilities and Learning Diversity Team
The Disabilites and Learning Diversity Team are here to help access support and advice to support your studies. For information on the Disabilities and Wellbeing services provided please click here.
We encourage all our students to register with a GP practice. There are three GP practices in Winchester. These are The Friarsgate Practice, St.Paul’s Surgery and St. Clements Practice. All three practices offer most of the NHS services including advice on sexual health, repeat prescriptions and general consultation.
All three practices have information specifically for students on their websites. You can choose to register at any of these GP practices. Please click on the practice name below to go to the website for each surgery:
- The Friarsgate Practice: The Friarsgate Practice provides an on-site, confidential medical service to all students registered with them. The surgery is located in the Main Building within the Student Services department. To make an appointment students should ring 01962 871730 and request an appointment on campus. The Friarsgate Practice also has surgeries in Weeke, Badger Farm and Kings Worthy. Registered students can book appointments at any of these locations.
- St. Paul’s Surgery: St Paul’s Surgery operates from a purpose built surgery in Alison Way, Winchester. The Surgery offers confidential, off-site medical services to students registered with them. To make an appointment students should ring 01962 853599.
- St. Clements Practice: St Clements Practice is located in Tanner Street, Winchester. The Practice offers confidential, off-site medical services to students registered with them. To make an appointment students should ring 01962 852211.
To assist you in choosing a GP practice, or in sourcing other medical support in Winchester, you may also wish to look at the NHS Choices webpage.
Students are encouraged to continue with regular checks with the family dentist during the holidays. However, should an emergency arise whilst at University, the Dental Helpline should be able to help.
The University of Winchester maintains a awareness campaign throughout the academic year. There is a comprehensive Managing Meningitis Policy, developed with the support of the Health Protection Agency which is followed should there be a suspected/confirmed case of meningitis at the University.
Further information can be obtained by visiting:
Meningitis Now or calling the helpline on 0808 80 10 388.
Influenza A (H1N1)
The University has a comprehensive policy in place should the H1N1 virus afect the day to day running of the institution. Information will be regularly communicated to students and staff via the internal website should the University be affected. For the latest information see the Department of Health website.
Mental health and wellbeing
The University's Wellbeing Advisers provide advice regarding diagnosed mental health needs, or any other mental distress. Their support is available to all students and staff at the University of Winchester.
The Wellbeing Advisers offer the following services:
- One to one advice and guidance
- Advice on strategies to make studying more manageable whilst living with mental distress
- Liaison with external agencies
- Signposting to other University and community support services
- Help to manage crisis situations
If you feel that you are struggling with a mental health difficulty, please book an appointment with the Head of Wellbeing, Lesley Black or with a Wellbeing Adviser via email@example.com. You can also telephone the Student Services Reception on +44 (0)1962 827341 to arrange an appointment.
You may also wish to consider using the University's Counselling Service, you can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the Senior Wellbeing Adviser directly, please telephone +44 (0)1962 827493 or email Sue.Martin@winchester.ac.uk.