Enabling Services – what are they?

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Sometimes all of the different things that are on offer from the university and SUSU can seem a little overwhelming, so we’re here to shed light on lots of essential parts of our community which can help you during your time in Southampton. This week – the Enabling Services.

From the name, you might be unsure of what exactly they are, but the best way to think of them is they enable you to perform to the best of your ability, by helping you deal with or overcome disabilities, mental health problems or learning difficulties. Our team of experts are on-hand throughout the week to help you out, so it doesn’t matter how big or small the problem may be, they’re there to listen.

So what exactly do they offer, I hear you cry?

  • Drop-in sessions: In term time, professional staff members hold daily drop-in sessions from 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday, with these being held at the same time but only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during non term-time. These sessions – held in the Student Services Centre (Building 37 – Highfield Campus) allow you to drop by, have a chat, and get some advice in a relaxed environment.
  • Special events: The team put on events right the way throughout the year, with upcoming sessions including help on dealing with stress (which could be extremely useful as we approach deadline and exam season), tips on living with dyslexia, and an introduction to mindfulness (the awareness of ourselves and the world around us), which has been proven to promote mental wellbeing.
  • Organise exam recommendations: The Services can no longer arrange recommendations for semester 1, but it is useful to know that you can use them in future to receive support for your exams, including extra time or special equipment if it is deemed necessary.
  • …First port of call: We all know it can be daunting seeking help, but that’s why the Enabling Services exists as a non-judgemental, supportive team of people committed to helping you. But talking to the team, or even just checking out the different sections of their website, the Enabling Services can prove to be invaluable.

The Enabling Services are there to be used for you, so why not drop by and talk about your problems or think about attending one of their events? The team have so much to offer if you are struggling with your studies or personal issues, so remember to keep an eye on their website for further events and news.


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