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Together We

When students and staff work together we make Bangor University brilliant. During your time studying with us you’ll get loads of chances to tell us what you think, through surveys, your Students’ Union’s Course Rep system, and chatting with your lecturers. Together We is all about the changes made in response to your feedback – so find out more, and get involved.

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Student Services is committed to continually developing its services in response to your feedback. Listed below are some recent examples of how we have enhanced our services in response to student and staff feedback.

Access Centre

Waiting times for a Study Needs Report from the Access Centre were too long.
Cut appointment waiting times by 50% (from 23 to 11 working days) and the time taken to receive a Study Needs Report by 30% (from 10 to 7 working days).
It was difficult to find somewhere that sold Coloured Overlays
We made them available via our online shop

Disability Service

More flexibility in offering 1:1 specialist study skills support outside of standard 9–5 hours for students on placement.
Out of hours’ service available on one weekday evening if required up to 7pm.
Help with maths and statistics.
Dedicated SpLD Maths Tutor available full-time throughout the year.
Provision of same day sessions.
Drop-in service introduced every day 12-1 during term time. This includes support with statistics and support through the medium of Welsh available on specific days.
Share information with Academic Schools on inclusive and accessible formats / design of coursework assignments and forms.
The Disability Service is actively engaged in developing inclusive teaching across Bangor University. Inclusive learning and teaching is at the top of the Agenda of Disability Services as changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance come into force.
You wanted shorter waiting times.
Offer drop in sessions in the SU run by our Mental Health Advisers
Staff requested training in mental health awareness.
Our Mental Health Advisers are now accredited Mental Health First Aid trainers and offer a rolling programme of staff training across the university with excellent feedback
Not sure what to expect if I come for dyslexia support
Created a leaflet to explain what we do (available here) and ran taster sessions in Welcome Week
More availability
We have now employed 2 sessional staff who have begun offering support from week commencing 18th April 2018.

Counselling Service

You asked for more help with on dealing with topics such as panic, suicide and self-harm, anger, relationship problems and assertiveness.
We will be focussing on these topics in our building resilience workshops, emotional regulation skills classes and iCan workshops.
You asked for greater provision of one to one counselling through the medium of Welsh.
We have appointed another 1st language Welsh part time counsellor

Students on placements asked for appointments outside normal working hours.
We now open on Tuesday evenings.
You asked for shorter waiting times.
We have been given additional staff and operate a ‘triage’ system. This has reduced waiting times and ensured that those most in need are seen quickly.
Students abroad or on placements away from Bangor asked for additional sources of help.
We have invested in on line software packages for anxiety and depression, and have a small lending library, all purchased with funds donated by the Alumni fund.
You have asked for more groups and workshops.
This year we have run a comprehensive workshop programme, and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.
Staff have asked for more advice in how they can support students.
We offer same day consultations via our duty counsellor system, and have been involved in delivering a mental health training programme to staff across the University.

Careers and Employability Service

Not all students can attend careers appointments at the times they are available and/or in Rathbone Building
Made careers clinic appointments available every week day.
Set up Employability Pop Ups across university sites.
Set up dedicated weekly online Skype appointments.
Offer phone appointments and dedicated e-guidance advice.
You need access to major national and global employers
We have now increased coach transport to major careers fairs to twice a year
The university Jobs Fair was too broad without enough local opportunities for students looking for part-time work
The 2017 Jobs Fair focused solely on local opportunities – part time jobs and work experience / volunteering
You need workshops that help you deal with mental resilience, lack of confidence and adversity
We have introduced new workshop titles covering these topics
Workshops need to be more diverse in their delivery (e.g. videos), interactive and give the opportunity to practise skills
We have introduced these where possible and made some workshops longer to include scope to practise

Peer Guides

The Peer Guide surveys showed Halls students wanted more time to get to know flatmates in Welcome Week and those not living in Halls asked for more Peer Guide contact.
We met with the Halls Office and agreed an evening in Welcome Week for Halls based events which gives the opportunity for Peer Guides to concentrate on those students not living in Halls.