Support & Report: Creating a safe and inclusive environment

The University is a diverse, outward looking and inclusive place to study, live and work, and we actively promote respect, tolerance and inclusion. We are all responsible for our own actions and behaviour and when you join our community at Bedfordshire, you are signing up to abide by our Code of Conduct.

We are also committed to ensuring our staff and students feel comfortable and safe as part of our community.


Support and Report 

If you witness or have been a victim of any incidents of bullying, harassment or assault it is really important that you report this to us. We are here to support you and we have trained Advisors who can help with reporting an incident or crime to the police and/or other external agencies, as necessary.

‘Support and Report’ is a centralised point of contact for all student and staff to share their concerns about any offensive, threatening or anti-social behaviour, on or off campus. It enables confidential (and anonymous) reporting of incidents and referral to relevant teams to ensure the appropriate follow up and action is taken.

It is important to assess the situation:

  • Are you or others in immediate danger? If so, you must call 999 immediately.
  • If there is no immediate risk, and you want to raise a concern about a non-critical situation, report this by contacting supportandreport@beds.ac.uk

How to Get Support if You Have a Mental Health Condition

Did you know you can get additional support for your studies if you have a mental health condition?  

Reasonable adjustments such as extra time in exams may be agreed to help you manage your studies. Information about how the University supports students with mental health conditions is available on the University’s website.

You may also be eligible for an award from Disabled Students Allowances (DSA). The award could pay for 1:1 support from a specialist mentor as well as equipment and software to support your study. More information can be found on the UK Government.

Need to talk to someone?

If you would like to talk to someone about your support needs, please email us at mentalhealth@beds.ac.uk and request an appointment with the Mental Health Advisor.


Alex’s journey to well-being

A former student talks about how the support provided by the University helped her achieve her goals.

Higher Education in the UK

A warm welcome to our new international students

Read our guide on what to expect when you arrive and what you need to do in your first few weeks with us.

Please make sure you read and respond to any emails from the University before you arrive, so we can help you to settle in.


A new and exciting challenge

When you get to the UK as an international student, studying may seem very different to studying at home.

Depending on what you’re studying, what level you’re studying at and where you’re studying you may be faced with having to do things differently than what you’re used to.

For example, you may be responsible for managing your own research and time, instead of being prescribed set work. You may have coursework to complete in your own time, or you may have a number of exams to test your understanding.

Take a look at the advice from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Student Money Advice Team: Help with managing your money

The Student Money Advice Team at the University are here to offer advice and guidance to students on a variety of financial areas:

  1. Advice on managing your money, budgeting and monitoring of spending
  2. Support with financial entitlements to Student Finance England Funding
  3. Access to Scholarships and Bursaries 
  4. Support to students who are Care Leavers or Estranged from family
  5. Advice on extra sources of income, including the Access to Learning Fund and the NHS Learning Support Fund 
  6. Advise on the financial implications for changing your course or repeating studies

Read on for more information about these areas.


Advice on managing your money, budgeting and monitoring of spending

Here are our basic top saving money tips:


Support with financial entitlements to Student Finance England Funding

If you need help with your Student Finance England Funding, please get in touch. It’s important you apply and respond to any further information requests quickly to ensure the processing of your application is a swift as possible. If there are delays we can sometimes assist with emergency Access to Learning Fund support.

More information can be found on the University’s Student Support site.


Access to Scholarships and Bursaries 

You could be eligible for a scholarship or bursary. Check out the Student Support website for more information.

The Team can also advise you on scholarships and bursaries you may be eligible to apply for throughout the academic year, email sab@beds.ac.uk or log an enquiry through the Student Information Desk (SiD). We’ll do our best to assist you.


Support to students who are Care Leavers or Estranged from family

Care Leaver Students under 25 who are “open to care” and supported by their local authority will be eligible for the Care Leavers’ Bursary, providing they meet the right criteria. Contact sab@beds.ac.uk for support with this.


Advice on extra sources of income, including the Access to Learning Fund and the NHS Learning Support Fund 

The University has an Access to Learning Fund (ALF), which is designed to help eligible students if they fall into financial hardship whilst studying. More information about the scheme and how to apply can be found here.

It’s also important that you’ve applied to all the sources of income you’re entitled to. Some courses such as Healthcare or Social Work have SFE funds you can apply for and you may also be eligible for additional funding from the NHS.

Students with a disabilities and mental health concerns may be entitled to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). Contact the team for assistance with this via studentmoney@beds.ac.uk


Advice on the financial implications for changing your course or repeating studies

Please do arrange to speak to one of our advisors if you find yourself wanting to change course, or repeating academic units. There could be a financial implication to this and we’d like to be able to ensure you have all the information before you make any decisions. Arrange to speak to us by booking an appointment through SID online or email studentmoney@beds.ac.uk

Find out more

For more information and guidance, please check out our Student Money webpages.

Find Out About the Communication Skills Programme

If you are a first year, undergraduate or postgraduate, international or EU student we host a range of compulsory seminars and lectures to help you to settle into life in the UK, and to support you in familiarising yourself with the UK Higher Education system.

The sessions cover various aspects including academic skills, communicating effectively and British university culture. The sessions are a great way to improve your academic skills and help you to adjust to life at Bedfordshire.

Got 2 minutes? Here’s an introduction to the Communication Skills Programme:

Got 10 minutes?

Find out more and hear from some previous student participants by visiting our website.

What Student Support Services are Available?

The University provides a wide range of support to our students.


Student Support Services

Here is an overview of our six key teams that can help if your studies are being impacted by any difficulties you are facing.


Mental Health

If you decide that you would like to talk to someone specifically about your mental health and how it is affecting you, why not make an appointment with the Mental Health Support Team.

All information about students who access the service is treated in a confidential manner.

For more information please visit our Mental Wellbeing page.  


Disability Support

We work with students with a range of disabilities including sensory and physical impairments and specific learning difficulties. We will help students all year round from application and throughout your course.

You can find out more about our service by visiting our Disability Support page.


Student Money Advice

The Student Money Advice team offers confidential financial advice, information and support. If you have any money worries, our advisors are able to give you general advice on a range of issues and will point you towards alternative sources of funding that may be available.

For more information, please visit our Student Money Advice page.


Community and Faith

The Community and Faith team offer a range of spiritual and social activities and host a variety of groups. Our Community and Faith teams’ welcome people of all faiths and beliefs and offer personal and spiritual support to students from over 100 countries.

For more information, visit our Community and Faith page.


Student Engagement

The Student Engagement Team are here to help and advise students who are having difficulties with their academic studies. 

To book an appointment with a Student Engagement Advisor please contact us via the Student Information Desk (SID) on 0300 300 0042 or email sid@beds.ac.uk.


Mitigation Team

The University appreciates that sometimes unforeseen situations outside of your control may prevent you from carrying out your academic work. These are referred to as mitigating circumstances and in some cases you can apply for extensions to your assessment deadlines.

For more information about what to do in these circumstances, take a look at our Mitigation Process