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Continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for student-facing staff

A range of staff across our departments are involved in providing student support. We want to ensure that our student-facing staff (SfS) have access to the resources and training they need to support our students effectively.

Following the successful pilot of a number of CPD sessions for student-facing staff in 2019, the Faculty will be running the next sessions in March and April 2020. Sessions are open to any member of staff in the Faculty with a student-facing role.

Please email to register, detailing which session(s) you would like to attend. Places are limited to 20 per session.

  • Self-Harm Awareness: Wednesday 25 March 2020, 14.00-15.30

An introductory session on self-harm. The session will debunk some common myths around self-harm, as well as discuss some of the main reasons why a person might self-harm. The session will also include a consideration of methods of self-harm and finally we will consider how best to support someone who is self-harming.

  • Suicide Awareness: Wednesday 01 April 2020, 14.00-15.30

An introductory session on suicide. We will consider the various points along the continuum of suicidal feelings, from suicidal ideation to suicidal intent, and think about how best to support, signpost and risk asses someone who has expressed suicidal feelings.

  • Introduction to ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder): Wednesday 22 April, 14.00-15.30

This session will provide a general overview of ASD as well as a look at appropriate language and terminology. The session will also cover some signs of ASD and a look at how best to support a student with autism.

The Faculty will be running additional sessions in summer 2020, covering the topics below. Further details will be provided in due course.

  • Introduction to safeguarding in universities
  • Mental health must know
  • Positive communication for student-facing staff

If there are any areas in addition to the above which you would like to see covered, please contact Komal Patel (

Other training opportunities and online resources

The following Faculty and College-wide training opportunities are available to staff in roles supporting students:

If you have an idea or request for specific training opportunities or online resources, please contact Komal Patel (

Where to go for further support

The Faculty Senior Tutor for Engineering, Lorraine Craig, is available for additional support and guidance, particularly in relation to more sensitive or complicated academic and personal student matters. Find further information and contact details.

There is also a range of services across the College available to support students most in need and requiring immediate and/or ongoing specialist support. Please refer to the Specialist Support page for further details.

College policies and procedures

Key College policies and procedures are available on the Registry Academic Governance webpages, including:

Your health and wellbeing

There are various College resources available to support staff in supporting their own health and wellbeing. Click on the following links to find out more: