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Student Support

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Student support

Richard Booth, Assistant Director of Student Governance and Wellbeing, talks through mental health, student governance, visa advice and what support we can offer you during your time at BCU.

Laura's story

"Since starting at BCU, I have learnt that anything is possible, and I have gone from strength to strength. Being a student here means inclusion for everyone, that I can achieve anything and most importantly that I have a voice regardless of my disability."

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Looking for more information on financial help is on offer, or what other support is available at BCU? Take a look at our Student Support pages.

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I AM BCU

Read through our students' I AM BCU stories to discover what it's like to study with us, and what support and encouragement we give you when you decide to join us.

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Accommodation


Find your home from home at BCU. We offer a range of halls of residence, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Birmingham


The UK’s second city is a vibrant, exciting place to live and study in – and we’ve got the youngest population in Europe! Join our community to discover world-class restaurants, shopping, and socialising.

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Student support


From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Finance


Fees, funding, budgeting, money management – we can help you get to grips with it all. We also offer a £1,000 Meet or Beat scholarship to help you along the way.

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Open Day questions


We’ve rounded up the questions we get asked the most at our Open Days and answered them to ensure you have all the info you need about your course, facilities, accommodation, and more!

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Head back to the Virtual Open Day page and explore other areas of the university. Hear from our VC or take a explore our subject areas and courses.

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  • Laura's story
    Laura Fogarty: [00:00:04] I am Laura and I am studying Psychology with Criminology, and I'm in my second year. [00:00:08][4.0] Laura Fogarty: [00:00:11] I didn't always want to come to university. I had a job before I applied to come to university. And unfortunately, I became unwell, which prompted me to come along and apply. And it really gave me a positive outlook being unwell in that I wanted to return to education. I became pregnant with my son, who is now four. And I became extremely unwell after I had him, which resulted in me having to go onto an inpatient unit for five months, that was probably one of the main challenges for me, is living with a mental illness and being a student. BCU is amazing for mental health because my personal tutor is always available if I need to have a chat. If I become stressed about certain aspects of my work, I can just go to her. And I have also made friends that have helped me massively along the way, that have been so understanding of my mental health. So if they notice that I'm not feeling too well or acting a little bit different. Just having a chat with them makes a massive difference. At the start I did struggle to fit in, one because I thought that I wouldn't fit in because of my age. However, when I got here, I realised even the people younger than me was really accepting and they didn't see me for my age, they just see me as a person and as a student. And everybody's like one big family. And even if I don't have my friends, I have the lecturers who I can go to and there's just always really somebody to go to to talk to. So when I first arrived at BCU, the main goal was to get a degree. However, now it is to get the job that I am most happiest in, and that is in mental health. That is where I really want to work. I am most proud of myself and what I've achieved. I'm proud that I came from being an inpatient on a mental health ward to being able to be a student and a successful student. I am BCU for me and is a strong support system within all aspects, within mental health, within having a diverse range of students and lecturers. It's really welcoming. It's about people from all walks of life. [00:00:11][0.0] [4.0]