Support for students
Further to the recent news that Thames Valley Police had discovered a body in their search for Daniel Williams, our Computer Science student who has been missing since Thursday, formal identification has now confirmed, sadly, that this was Daniel. This is a very difficult time for our community and our thoughts are with Daniel’s family and friends. We are doing our best to help and support all students and staff who have been affected by this news.
We will all be experiencing different emotions and there is no right or wrong way to react to this news. Everyone has a different way of coping, but it’s important to seek support when you need it. Talking to someone – whether that’s a friend, family member, or a professional member of staff – is one of the ways to manage your emotions.
It is important that we have the opportunity to come together and support each other. As such, the University will be open this week and teaching and other scheduled activities will continue. We fully understand if you don’t feel able to participate, as it is common to want to withdraw from your usual routines. However, routines can help us to manage our emotions and doing things together provides our community with a sense of continuity and solidarity. We all respond and react differently, and we will respect the decision that you make.
During the daytime on weekdays, please seek support from the following services:
- Our Student Welfare Team. Available Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm in the Carrington Building. You can speak to someone confidentially in person, or over the phone if you prefer.
- Our Chaplaincy Centre. The team is on-hand to provide support for anyone who would like to talk.
- Our Hall Welfare Team. Led by the Wardens, for students living in University halls of residence.
- Support Centres. Your Student Support Coordinator can provide advice if you're worried about your studies.
- RUSU Advice Service. Drop in service which is confidential and independent to the University.
Your Academic Tutor can also provide advice on our support services, if you would prefer to speak to them. They can also advise if you are worried about your studies.
During weekends or evenings, the following services are available to provide support:
- The Samaritans provide a free 24/7 hotline (dial 116 123)
- Big White Wall, a free online support community available 24 hours a day
You may also find this short guide helpful: