Beds SU recognises that students may encounter difficulties within their personal lives whilst at university and can offer advice on physical and mental health, safety or just lend an ear to listen if students are feeling homesick or worried. The Be Supported team have a confidential space and are completely independent of the university. 

The Be Supported team might not be experts in everything, but they will always be able to help you find the best place find support and can talk through whatever you are facing. Please contact us whatever the issue, big or small.

Fire Safety Tips

University days are among the best of your life. You’re away from home - possibly for the first time.

Parties, nights out with your mates; there’s a whole world of new experiences out there!

Stay safe and enjoy life! Are you at risk from fire? Fires in the home are the main cause of fire deaths and injury and each year people are put needlessly at risk from the effects of fire.  This could easily be avoided by following simple yet effective steps which may not just prevent damage to your home, but one day save your life.


Top 10 Tips:

1) Test your fire alarm weekly

2) Never leave cooking unattended

3) Never attempt to cook while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

4) Don't overload plug sockets, and always use a multi-socket extension rather than an adapter plug

5) Never leave candles unattended

6) Switch off electrical appliances, like phone chargers and hair straighteners, when not in use

7) Identify an escape route

8) Keep escape routes free and clear of clutter

9) Do not put clothes to dry on portable heaters

10) If you do have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999


Dealing with Bereavement

We hope that students will never have to experience bereavement but if you do we can help to ensure you're able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of support and assistance. 

Coping with the loss of a loved one, be it a friend or a relative or sudden can be a painfully isolating and emotionally draining experience.

But if you find yourself experiencing bad news while at university, and away from your usual support system of family members, it can be even more difficult to deal with.

Our team of friendly Advisors at Beds SU can assist you and point you in the right direction for help and support both at University and beyond.

It is important to inform your personal tutor as soon as possible if you feel this will affect your ability to study or to contact Student Support so they can advise you if you need to apply for mitigation or have any upcoming assignments or exams.

To book an appointment with a Be Supported Advisor to discuss this further, please click below:

Book an appointment here

Support from the University:

Student Support

Community and Faith


Bereavement Support

The Bereavement Trust

NHS Counselling

Need Further Help?

Email us at be.supported@beds.ac.uk