Support Groups & Services
As well as our professional advisers, we also offer a range of student-led support groups covering a variety of issues.
University is usually a great experience but sometimes you find yourself in disputes or conflict with fellow students, University staff, or even non-university residents. Mediation is a way of helping people in dispute communicate with each other. The mediator is an impartial third party who works with the people involved so that their concerns can be addressed. The goal is to find a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved.
We welcome referrals from students, staff in schools, faculties and the Professional Services or any individual involved in a dispute. To find out whether our mediation service is suitable for you, or to find out more, please get in touch via email.
Please note that because Mediation is an independent and informal process, it can’t be used in place of, or as part of, formal University processes such as appeals, complaints or disciplinaries.
Student-Led Support Groups
These are groups run by students, for students, and provide a safe space for students to chat about their worries or problems with other students in similar situations.
Mind Your head support groups
The Mind Your Head group is a peer-led, drop-in support group created by Bristol SU open to all students with the aim of improving mental wellbeing and eradicating stigma. The groups run weekly and are split into Undergraduate specific and Postgraduate specific. They are run by fully trained student volunteers. You don't need to book, you can just drop-in any week. Whatever your issue and whatever you need, our facilitators are here to listen.
Next Sessions will be in the Stephenson Room, 2nd Floor, Richmond Building.
Undergraduates - Wednesday, 20th April, 2pm - 3pm
Postgraduates - Thursday, 21st April, 6pm - 7pm
For more information and a chance to chat with our student volunteers you can join the Mind Your Head facebook group:
If you have any questions contact Sarah Redrup, the Student Living Officer:
Nightline - 01179 266 266
Nightline is a listening and information service run by students, for students.
We are confidential, anonymous and non-advisory,
Call Nightline between 8pm and 8am during term time, and we will be their to listen to anything you want to talk about.
Call us on 01179 266 266 at Nightline, We'll listen, not lecture
Please note that calls are usually listened to by two volunteers for information on volunteering with Nightline please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website - www.bristolnightline.org.uk
Eating Disorders Student Support
The support group is a safe and confidential space to talk openly about recovery and the challenges you are facing as a sufferer or friend/carer of a sufferer.
The group are trained by a national charity, Student Minds. All facilitators are DBS checked and provide non-judgmental support to anyone who comes along.
For any questions or additional information, please email email@example.com or visit the Student Minds website or Facebook Group.
LGBT+ Support Group
The LGBT+ Support Group is a safe and confidential space for students to chat through questions or worries about sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Each session is facilitated by students who identify as LGBT, and they provide non-judgmental support to help all students be happy and proud of who they are!
The group has strong links to Bristol SU's LGBT+ Society, but it is open to ALL students – you don’t have to be part of the society to come along.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This group provides drop-in support for Medicine students. Sessions are run by students, for students. Medicine students can drop in and talk to a fellow medic about commonly experienced concerns. If you're wondering whether medicine is for you, have any questions about workload, or want to talk about anything else that's bothering you, come along and talk to the friendly student volunteers.
Sometimes you want to get in touch with other students who are in a similar situation to you. But we know that it can be difficult to find them! Why not join one of our informal networks?
Bristol SU's Disabled Students' Network
The Disabled Students’ Network is a place for students to exchange ideas and discuss things that could be changed to improve their experience at the University of Bristol. Examples might be: how schools support you and your disability, the opening times of Disability Services or raising broader awareness about hidden disabilities. Join our Facebook group!
Bristol SU's Postgraduate Network
The Bristol SU Postgraduate Network is a student-led initiative at the University of Bristol for all postgraduate students, both research and taught, to encourage an active postgraduate student community and engage students in actively making their academic experience better.
The network hopes to gather postgraduate activity (existing and new) at the University of Bristol under one banner to create a cohesive and supportive student community, that inspires people to get involved socially and on a democratic and representative level. The network seeks to provide a platform for postgraduate students to effectively feed into UBU’s decision-making and event planning. Join our Facebook group!
Bristol SU's Student Parents' Network
Combining studying with raising a family can be a challenging experience, but you're not alone!
Join our Facebook group for student parents or if you would like to set up a regular student parent meet up email email@example.com
Bristol SU's Mature students' network
Join the Mature Student's Network on Facebook
The Students' Union also organise regular forums where students gather to discuss particular issues and share experiences as members of a particular student group. Find out more on our dedicated Liberation Forums page.