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Oxford Business College takes pride in its student support, guidance and wellbeing, complemented by our ethos that every student is an individual. Staff are committed to the College’s mission statement “to provide each learner with the most positive learning experience”.

Student Support, Guidance and Wellbeing are our top priority.

We ensure that students at the College can expect a supportive and responsive experience from the initial inquiry by completing a course and progression within or outside the College. This demonstrates our commitment to provide support for inclusive, high-standard students and provides students with a foundation for high achievement.

Our students’ changing needs and their varied reason for learning guide our approach to providing innovative learning opportunities from entry-level to higher learning that promotes individual progress. Either for personal development & wellbeing, academic progression or career advancement, whilst supporting those facing learning barriers to overcome them and succeed. The College is committed to helping its student’s Academic and Professional Development (APD) via examples currently in place, such as personal tutorials, a mentor system and pastoral care.

Personalised Service

Oxford Business College provides a personalised service adapted to the different needs of different students by:

  • Developing effective individual learning plans
  • Effective pastoral care. The College has a dedicated Student Welfare Officer and Counsellor, and students may, in addition, meet the Head of academics or Principal to discuss their concerns
  • Tutorial meetings
  • A mentor system with a tutor or member of the academic team
  • Peer mentor

Disability and Long term Health Condition

OBC is committed to ensuring fair and equitable treatment of all students by promoting access for disabled students within an inclusive learning environment and wherever possible making reasonable adjustments. The College is inclusive and is passionate about supporting people to reach their full potential. It is unlawful for the College to treat students/potential students who have a disability less favourably for a reason connected with their disability unless it can be legally justified. If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, you’re strongly requested to declare your disability or long-term health condition and register with Student Support and Wellbeing.

The College has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you have access to education and are not placed at a disadvantage compared to students who are able-bodied.

Why Mental Health Matters?

Corona virus is, understandably, the primary health concern of the pandemic. But 2020 has also put unprecedented pressure on the mental wellbeing of the general public and mental health care services.

During the first months of lockdown, studies revealed a noticeable increase in the level of stress and anxiety recorded in the UK as well as concerns about the health implications of coronavirus, and people reported feeling more anxious about issues such as financial security job prospects and family welfare. According to a Royal College of Psychiatrists survey, the situation led to 43% of UK psychiatrists seeing an increase in “urgent and emergency” cases during May.

However, the same study also found that 45% of UK psychiatrists saw a fall in the number of routine appointments, leading to concerns of a “tsunami” of cases occurring when the lockdown was eased. Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, explained at the time that “We are already seeing the devastating impact of Covid-19 on mental health with more people in crisis. But we are just as worried about the people who need help now but aren’t getting it. Our fear is that the lockdown is storing up problems which could then lead to a tsunami of referrals.”

Reports have emerged that some mental health services now see this increase in demand, particularly since face to face appointments have been resumed. Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Nick Lake, head of psychological services at Sussex partnership NHS trust, said that “Mental health services are under intense pressure. Our services will have more demand over the next six months to two years due to the physical and psychological effects of Covid, as well as the social and economic impacts of the virus.”

The situation could lead to people in genuine need being unable to access vital mental health care support, a scenario which could be exacerbated by the ongoing recession and difficult economic climate.

The Mental Health Foundation, which has been studying the relationship between mental illness and the pandemic since March, recently reported some improvement in statistics, with 64% of respondents saying “they are coping well with the stress of the pandemic”. Of those who are experiencing stress, 87% say they are using at least one coping strategy.

The Foundation suggests that the most widely used strategies are “going for a walk, spending time in green spaces, and staying connected with others”.
Other strategies include:

  • Limiting exposure to social media.
  • Limiting exposure to news about Covid-19.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring good sleep patterns.

The Foundation also recommends an increased investment to support communities, focusing on providing more literature and resources to help people sustain their own mental wellbeing and become more resilient to future lockdowns or uncertainties caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Depression is a cruel and unkind illness for anyone to experience, and feeling anxious or stressed is something all of us are likely to feel at one time or another. There are lots of resources available to help you during these difficult times, and we’ve linked a few below, which we hope will help.

Students at Oxford Business College can also keep in contact with our welfare team, who are here to help you with worries, anxieties or concerns you may have.

You might feel alone when you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and that your friends, family, classmates, tutors and colleagues are here to support you. We’re all in this together. Useful Mental Health Resources

Extra support sessions and additional classes

We aim to go the extra mile to ensure students receive the support they need to succeed. We’re offering extra support sessions and additional classes so that current and future students can receive extra help.

If you’re currently studying at Oxford Business College, you’re likely working on assignments at the moment. Since November, we’ve been offering daily workshops to help you with your module assignments. These workshops will continue during December – we offer this extra support as an additional benefit to our students to ensure you have all the assistance you need.

Suppose you’re looking to begin a business course with the College in the future. In that case, those students joining us in February will also be able to benefit from additional classes during the week, plus evening classes at least 3 to 4 times a week.

We decided to introduce these additional sessions after feedback from students highlighted that extra support would be helpful. Student feedback, surveys and our student council continue to be important ways for the College to hear from students and understand how we can give them the maximum support possible. We’ll continue to look at extra ways to give our students the best learning experience we can.

If you’re currently studying and would like to join an assignment workshop, contact us on social media for more details.

If you’re thinking about studying a business course, why not join Oxford Business College in February and benefit from this extra support? Go to www.oxfordstudy.com for more details on how to register and apply to join us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Emergency Contact

Ensuring continuity in times of uncertainty

We are here for you in these difficult times. If you need to speak to anyone at the college about your wellbeing – please find their number below:

Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead

Luke Murgatroyd :077 4763 5622
dos@oxfordbusinesscollege.ac.uk

Student Welfare and Counsellor

Lynda Plenty :079 7417 1022
lynda.plenty@oxfordbusinesscollege.ac.uk

Welfare Officer

Unai Ledesma Gorostizaga : 078 1869 1911
welfare@oxfordbusinesscollege.ac.uk

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