Please note that in light of the Covid-19 situation, there may be different information and procedures related to the below. We ask you to check here first of all where we are maintaining an up-to-date guide on what we know. If you are still not sure or have any questions, please get in touch.
When are you open?
We are open Monday to Friday all year round. We close for two weeks over Christmas, but otherwise are available during University holidays.
You can drop in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday from 2pm - 4pm, to speak to an adviser. Alternatively, you can book an appointment here or by phoning 0141 567 5040, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are you?
We are based on Level 7 of Strathclyde Union, so you just need to take the lift to Level 6, turn right through the double doors, and then come up the single flight of stairs to 7. If you have accessibility requirements, then call us on 0141 567 5040 and we will arrange access.
Are you confidential?
Yes! There are exceptions to our confidentiality: if we believe that there is a significant risk of harm to a student or to another person, then we will discuss this with relevant bodies in line with adult and child protection legislation. Otherwise, anything discussed is entirely confidential within the Advice Hub and we will seek explicit consent from a student before sharing information or contacting anyone on their behalf. Our full confidentiality policy is available here.
You can read the full details of our privacy notice here.
How can I get advice?
By email, on the phone, or at a face to face appointment. If a student is not able to access the premises, we will make alternative arrangements to meet them in a convenient public space.
If a student is seeking advice from the Advice Hub on a matter that they are receiving advice from another agency on, we reserve the right to withdraw the service. This is to avoid conflict of advice and to ensure a central point of contact on a matter.
What can I get advice on?
We engage with internal and external partners, including staff and services across the University, other relevant charities and support organisations. We deal with academic matters (including appeals, disciplinaries, transfer, course matters, complaints), housing (tenancy issues, finding accommodation, letting agencies, flatmate problems, council tax, deposits, housing rights), benefits (all applicable), finance (student funding bodies, emergency funding, Discretionary and Childcare Funds, budgeting and money management, Participation and Graduation Funds), health and wellbeing (free condoms, free sanitary products, mental and physical health support, emergency food provision).
We also coordinate the Nightline service and run health and wellbeing campaigns.
The benefit of our service is that students have a place to come to confidentially discuss their problems or concerns without fear of judgement or negative action being taken without their consent. We are able to represent students impartially at meetings, panels and hearing, and there is no other service within the University the replicates the breadth of work that we do.
Are you part of the University?
No, we are part of the Students’ Union and as such, are an independent, autonomous service. We retain excellent links with University staff, departments and support services in order to attempt to resolve difficulties that may arise for a student.
How is my information stored?
We record all information about you, your case or enquiry on an online professional case recording system that is hosted by a company external to the University and password protected. This means that nobody outside of the Advice Hub can access your file. We record notes we take when you speak with us, any work we do on your behalf, emails sent to and by us, and scans of documents that you may provide to us. This is to ensure that we keep an accurate record of your case that we can use to help inform our advice and support for you on an ongoing basis.
Your information and file will be destroyed after six years. In line with data protection legislation, you are entitled to see any information held about you and we can provide you with your case file upon request.
What is your policy/procedure on...
Our full policy and procedure document is available here for anyone to reference. If you have any questions about anything in this document, get in touch with the Advice Hub Manager at the details listed above.
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