May 13 2024

As we continue to navigate immensely challenging global events, it is more important than ever that we continue to draw strength from one another and prioritise being kind and compassionate to those around us. Next week, we will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May). We hope you will join us at events, including the Wellbeing Fair on Wednesday 15 May, a shared walk around Virgina Water Lake on Friday 17 May and more.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a welcome reminder that we all play an important part in looking out for one another and making sure our community is a respectful, inclusive space. Often, we may not be aware of the struggles people around us are facing, and small acts of kindness can go a long way toward cultivating a positive environment.

Remember that help is always available if you need it. Our dedicated Wellbeing and International Support teams are ready to support you, whether through email or their daily drop-in sessions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to talk to someone.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy team and the Students' Union Advice Centre are also here for you, offering additional guidance and support.

We are also incredibly lucky to share a community with students and colleagues from so many different countries and cultures. We are looking forward to celebrating our wonderful diversity at the Festival of Languages and Cultures on Tuesday (14 May). Please do come along to learn more about different cultural heritages and languages spoken by members of our brilliant community.

Julie and Hannah

Professor Julie Sanders, Vice-Chancellor and Principal 

Hannah Hockin, Students’ Union President