#StressLess is back, and launches next week on Monday 19th March. The University has been working with the Students’ Union to help you do the best you can in your exams and assignments. Together we want to make sure you #StressLess and achieve more. We have lots in store to provide you with extra support, much needed breaks and to share best practice and tips over the coming weeks.

Below is just a taster of what’s on offer during #StressLess – so make sure you follow us on social media for more updates on what’s going on!

Augustine House Library

As you know the Library has gone 24/7 until 18 May in order to support you in the lead up to your end of semester examinations and assessments.The only exception to these dates are Good Friday, 30 March, where the Library will only be open 9am-5pm, and Easter Sunday, 1 April, where it will be closed. For more information read our blog post.

From Monday, the open area and terrace space on the second floor in AH will offer you the opportunity to take a break and do something fun and different. Back by popular demand there will be plenty of games, puzzles, colouring books and crafts available to use. Bean bags, sofas, relaxing music and an airdome will also provide you with the perfect place to relax. Recreational DVDs, wellbeing and study skills resources will also be at hand as well as display boards highlighting the additional wellbeing and academic support available within the University.

The Library will also be scheduling craft sessions, drawing sessions and biscuit decorating activities – so watch this space!

Broadstairs Learning Centre and Drill Hall Library

–  The Broadstairs Learning Centre will be setting up a small area in the foyer of the Learning Centre with some crafts, colouring books, games and puzzles to help you take a break and relax.

–  Drill Hall Library is also organising a range of activities and events throughout March, including a series of ‘Give It A Go’ activities- Art Class: Calligraphy, Escape Room, Dance Class: Waltz and Ice Skating. They also have their Medway Wellbeing Festival on 20 March at 12-3pm in the Student Hub. Find out more information by following @drillhalllib on Twitter and looking out for #headspace.

Academic Learning Development

There is plenty of support through Academic Learning Development on offer, including a series of workshops on writing better (see our Student Events Calendar for dates and how to book) and Getting the Grade you Want, some great online resources and more! We will be posting more information over the coming weeks on how to make the most of Academic Learning Development support through our blog posts and social media.

Support for Your Wellbeing

  • Student Support, Health and Wellbeing: CCCU are here to support you, and to provide access to trained professionals for the advice, support and guidance that you need to successfully continue with your studies.
  • Big White Wall: A free 24/7 online service that allows you to get support. It’s a safe and anonymous space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.
  • Nightline: A student-run listening and information service offering a safe, non-judgemental environment for students to talk about their feelings and gain emotional-support and information. You can talk to the trained student volunteers about anything, no matter how big or small, and know that it will be held in confidence.
  • University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies: They are in partnership with CCCU to support all students who are registered with a GP Surgery within East Kent and would like help with a psychological problem. During this time they are also putting on specific exam and academic stress support – and are able to offer 3 telephone sessions of Guided Self Help with one of their Physiological Wellbeing Practitioners.

We will be creating a blog post dedicated to the different support available to you over the coming weeks- so keep a look out!

Digital Support: Information Hub, Wellbeing App & Productivity Software

  • Make sure you check out the Information Hub for #StressLess, which will provide you with plenty of information on looking after your mental wellbeing during this time, and in supporting you in your studies.
  • If you haven’t already, now is also the time to download the FREE CCCU Wellbeing App to get support and tips on how to keep healthy and manage stress. To download the app click here, then click ‘Register’ and use the code: CCCU1. 
  • Make use of the Productivity Software through IT including free tools, apps and software that can save you time, make your work easier, and increase your productivity. There is information on note taking, writing, time management and more!

Top Tips!

Finally, we will be sharing YOUR top tips on how to #StressLess each week via our social media channels (Twitter- @CCCUStudents and on Facebook- CCCU Students). Here are some to give you a taster:

  • Keeping active through sport, going to the gym and walking
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Taking some time out to listen to music
  • Meditating, doing some yoga and being mindful
  • Doing some fun activities! Such as baking, playing board games, colouring and painting

We will also be sharing the Dos and Don’ts of Exams and some specific Exam Wellbeing advice.