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Particular circumstances

Our diverse student population means our students may have varying or specific needs. The guidance below can help you to support them in navigating their particular situation.

BAME students

The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, gender identity, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, age, or nationality. For more information, please visit: www.manchester.ac.uk/connect/jobs/equality-diversity-inclusion.

The Students' Union BME campaign aims to empower BAME students and to educate all students on the issues that surround BAME students.

Additionally, the Careers Service offer advice and external resources for BAME students seeking employment.

Care experienced students

Care experienced students face particular challenges and the University aims to support them as much as possible in their journey through higher education. 

Students who are care experienced have the option to declare this when applying to University, and are assigned a named support contact before they join us. If a student discloses to you that they are care experienced, you could ask their permission to make an email introduction to the named contact, or they can do this themselves.

In the meantime, it might be helpful to point the student towards our factsheet, which outlines various support options and resources.

Commuter students

 Although most students choose to live in halls or private accommodation away from their family, quite a significant number of students choose to stay living at home whilst studying.

It’s helpful to encourage these students to fully participate in their student life with us, and the Students Union. The Students' Union have developed a programme of support for students who live at home including lots of information about transport options.

Disabled students

The University has particular legal responsibilities around disability. These means that if a student discloses a disability to you, or if you become aware that they might have a disability, you must offer them a referral to the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS).

Students who have declared a disability will be given a support plan, and each school has a disability coordinator who is the main link between you and DASS.

DASS and Occupational Health share a referral form and procedure which should always be used when referring students.

DASS provide guidance for staff supporting disabled students and have also produced the below documents regarding mitigating circumstances and automatic extensions:

Estranged students

Students who become estranged from their parents during or just before university will often face financial challenges as they lack support from their families. 

Student support have a factsheet  that outlines the support that estranged students can receive from Student Finance.

The charity Stand Alone has a range of useful information for students who have no contact with their family which aims to support them in their daily lives.

International students

International students may sometimes face specific challenges related to their immigration and visa status. While we can all signpost students to information related to visas, only a small number of staff at the University are qualified to offer advice and guidance.

The immigration and visa page on the student support website has comprehensive, up-to-date visa information for international students, and contact information for more complex queries.

LGBTQ students

The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, gender identity, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, age, or nationality. For more information, please visit: 

www.manchester.ac.uk/connect/jobs/equality-diversity-inclusion.

The Students' Union's offical LGBTQ society aims to support all those that identify under the LGBTQ+ spectrum - as well as allies. 

The Counselling and Mental Health Services can offer support for LGBTQ students who may be struggling with issues such as coming out to oneself and to others and additional support for LGBTQ+ students is also available

Furthermore, the Careers Service offer advice and external resources for LGBTQ students seeking employment.

Parent and carer students

You may need to support students who become pregnant while they are studying and ask to interrupt their studies, or who are already parents or carers and face challenges combining these responsibilities with their studies. 

The University has a policy relating to pregnancy, and there are lots of resources online that might be helpful for your student. As a first step, if your student is not already registered with a GP, they can find their nearest surgery on the NHS website.

For students who are parents or carers, there are some resources on the Students Union website that your student might find useful plus they also run a parents and carers network. It might be helpful to think about scheduling appointments or events  to be inclusive of those with caring responsibilities.

Trans students

Trans is an umbrella term encompassing all those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth,  including but not limited to those who are transgender, genderqueer, agender and non-binary.

There are many nuances of gender expression and identity, and there is University guidance on how to support students going through transition, including practical changes of name and gender marker on student systems, many of which can be undertaken without official documentation.

Support for LGBTQ+ students is available and there is also a gender neutral toilet map for the University.

Something missing?

If we’ve missed a common issue or you're aware of resources we can share, please email studentsupport@manchester.ac.uk.