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Winter Wellbeing

The Winter holidays can be a difficult time for some, and this year in particular will be different for many of us. Whether you're heading home or staying in accommodation, are looking for connections or ways to stay active, or just need some support we've got something for you.

Join us every Wednesday throughout December and January for Wellbeing Wednesday, join the official Cov Uni & CU Running Club, and check out our support resources for students.

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Walking, Running or wheeling can be one of the easiest sports and activities to get involved with. Whether choosing to walk to the shops, wheeling around your local park or running cross country - being active can improve both your physical and mental health.

CUSU has set up a digital running club, a community of students and staff across the Cov Uni and CU Groups who are all sharing their love or running.

Join for Free

New to running?

If you're new to running you might like to access the NHS Couch to 5k programme which has a range of tools, tips and information to get you off the couch and moving more, in a gentle staggered way.

Join us on Strava

The official Coventry University and CU Group running club.

Support and Resources

The Students' Union has a programme of activity to support, connect and enable all students across the Coventry University and CU Group. We'll be operating a broad range of online activity all the way through the break, up to an including the start of the next teaching block/semester.

Students' Union Advice Service

The Students’ Union Advice Centre (SUAC) is a free, independent and confidential service for all students. We give advice and support, and provide representation when necessary, on a wide range of problems including housing, consumer law, cheating and plagiarism, internal disciplinary and complaints. If we cannot provide the help you need we will refer you on to an agency that specialises in your inquiry.

Access SUAC here

Tips and Support

Our Equity and Diversity team have published advice and links for getting through the Winter break, as a specific guide for LGBTQ+ students.

Tips and Support Winter Holidays as an LGBTQ+ student

University Support Services

Counselling and Mental Health service

Access short-term counselling with the Counselling and Mental Health service. You’ll receive an initial assessment where agreement will be made on the ongoing support needs.

Self-referrals can be made via the Student Portal.

Students who are supported by the Mental Health service are retained throughout their course and can contact or book online appointments as and when they feel a need for support.

Find out more and access the Counselling and Mental Health service.

Further information on health, welfare and disability support in your location

To explore a range of the welfare services we offer, please visit the appropriate site information:

Disability Services

The Disability team provide support for disabled students including; physical and sensory, long term medical condition, Neuro Diversity or a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD). Advice and support is available from Application to Graduation.

Disabled Students’ Allowance-funded support is available for specialist notetaking, dyslexia support tuition and mentoring. These services can also be made available for students who do not meet the criteria for DSA.

30 minute Specialist tuition sessions and advice and guidance are available for students registered with the disability team and those in receipt of DSA.

Find out more and access Disability services.


Further information on health, welfare and disability support in your location

To explore a range of the welfare services we offer, please visit the appropriate site information:

Welfare Support Services

Welfare covers all student issues including: care leavers, maternity, accommodation disputes, domestic and relationship issues, academic issues, academic appeals and temporary/permanent withdrawals.

The Welfare team work across the Student Support Services and support students one-to-one where necessary. Welfare staff can signpost to internal and external specialist support agencies, both statutory and voluntary.

Find out more about welfare services.

Further information on health, welfare and disability support in your location

To explore a range of the welfare services we offer, please visit the appropriate site information:

Connections Matter

A dedicated site on the Student Portal, updated every Friday with infromation and resources to support your mental and physical health and wellbeing, your studies, and to help you feel a engaged with the local and university community.

Explore the site each week and look out for regular emails with what's new.

Find out more and explore the Connections Matter site

International Student Support

Provision of immigration advice and support with Tier 4 visa applications for international students. General advice & guidance for International and EU students.

Find out more and access International Student Support.

Reporting Sexual Harrassment & Violence

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature and can involve online and verbal comments, gestures or physical touching/assault. It can violate your dignity, make you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and creates a hostile or offensive environment. Incidents can still be considered sexual harassment or assualt even if the alleged harasser didn't intend this.

  • If there is ever an emergency and/or you feel as though you are in danger on campus or in University owned halls, contact the University’s Protection Service on 024 7765 8555 (or 5555 on internal phones). 
  • Police: If you feel like you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999 immediately. If you would like to report an incident to the police after it has happened or for non-emergencies contact the police by phone on 101, or via their new live chat service (available 8am - midnight each day).
  • You can also report Sexual Harrassment and Violence to Coventry University through their online form, by clicking here. 

External Sources of Support

LGBT Foundation Check out their LGBT Christmas Survival Guide. You can also call their helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email
MIND Check out their Christmas Mental Health Guide
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

Call 0300 330 0630 Open 10:00-22:00 every day. Or email

Samaritans Samaritans are there to talk about things, big or small. Call 116 123 or email for someone to talk to, who won’t judge or tell you what to do.
Shout 85258 Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous mental health text support service that you can access 24/7. To start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258.
Trans Unite Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even online)
University Counselling & Mental Health Service You may wish to speak with the Counselling and Mental Health team at the university to seek support. You can call them on 024 7765 8029 or email:
Stand Alone Stand Alone support people who are estranged from their family. Check our their helpful guide on coping with estrangement at Christmas. 
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Rates of domestic abuse and sexual violence often rise during the winter period. CUSU has a list of resources and services available for you to access to get support, including LGBT+, BAME & Male specific services. 
Cruse Bereavement Care The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Call freephone number 0808 808 1677.
Hub of Hope Hub of Hope is mental health database, allowing you to find a range of support services in your area.  for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts. 
CALM The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Check out their CALM at Christmas guide. 
Mental Health Foundation Check out the Mental Health Foundation helpful guide on Mental Wellbeing at Christmas
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