Student news

StressLess 2020.

Student news

StressLess 2020.

In the coming weeks many of you will begin working towards your end of semester assessments and we’ll be here to support you through StressLess! We’ll be providing inspiration on taking a break, top study tips and reminders of the support available to help you reach your potential.

Look after your wellbeing

Library: take a break

Our Library team will be sharing take a break suggestions on their Twitter feed and blog site throughout the campaign – so keep an eye out for those! Plus they’ll be producing take a break packs which you can pick up in Augustine House Library… Check out what they have in store here.

Chaplaincy coffee break concerts

Join our Chaplaincy and talented staff & students for their coffee break concerts on their Facebook page. Take a few moments out of your day to just listen to music and take a break. Catch up on previous instalments here.

Christ Church Online Student Community FB group

The Christ Church Online Student Community is a space to be with people virtually, chat, share tips and ideas, take part in online events and most of all have fun. You can join the Facebook group by clicking here.

Christ Church Sport Online fitness classes

Doing exercise is the perfect way to look after both your mind & body. Our University fitness instructors are working closely with the team of OurParks instructors, helping to deliver a great range of classes including Stretch & Flex, BoxFit, Pilates, Dance, Yoga, Body & Mind and more! Gaining access to the classes is easy, simply visit the OurParks webpage and signup for a free account.

Digital downtime

With our lives moving mainly online during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to also make time to take a break from the screens. Why not read a book, do some baking or try a new skill- like knitting or art. And make sure you check out our University Bookshop website for some reading inspiration…

Preparing for exams/assignments

To support you in your studies during COVID-19 it has been agreed for 2020-2021 that all formal assessments and reassessments called “Examinations” will be conducted as take-home online exams.  This may vary for those on programmes with specific professional or statutory requirements.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for top tips on preparing for and completing your take-home online exams…

Support available

Academic support

  • Your Digital Library – Your Digital Library is your gateway to amazing online learning resources accessible anytime and anywhere.
  • MS Teams– If you’re looking for ways to do group work why not check out Microsoft Teams – a software package designed to aid collaboration and make group work simple!
  • Learning Skills Hub – Develop your skills & knowledge through a series of modules and access a wealth of resources specific to your year group and Faculty. You can also connect with your specialist Learning Developer and Learning & Research Librarian who can offer you personalised support.
  • SkillsforStudy  – A free resource available to all students. Whether you are looking for tips on how to improve your writing skills or guidance on referencing, these interactive online modules make it easy for you to get to grips with a range of essential study skills.
  • Productivity Tools – You can access a range of productivity software packages on University PCs and to use at home, including accessibility tools, text to speech, time management, note taking, and much more!
  • Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) – Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, your personal academic tutor is here to help you to develop, grow and succeed in your studies and research. 
  • Peer Mentors – If you’re looking for someone who can help you improve your academic skills, help you develop strategies, share hints and tips on how to prepare for assessments or be your study buddy, then connecting with a student peer mentor might be for you.

Wellbeing support

  • If you’re feeling concerned or worried, you can have a chat with our  Support and Wellbeing Advisers. They offer  virtual drop-ins  Monday-Friday, between 12 noon- 1pm or you can email them at studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.  
  • No matter who you are, where you’re from or what you believe, our Chaplaincy is here for you. Find out how to get in touch and what virtual events they are running here.
  • Our Mental Wellbeing and Chaplaincy teams are offering  stress and anxiety virtual peer support sessions every Wednesday, 1-2pm.
  • You also have access to Togetherall– a free 24/7 online support service where you can go if you’re feeling down or struggling to cope with anything. Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.