supporting our students

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Carnegie school of education pastoral team

supporting your wellbeing and helping you to succeed

We know that university life can be challenging at times, so our dedicated, award-winning Pastoral Team are here to support you along the way.

Our priority is to make sure you're able to get the most out of your course and your time at Leeds Beckett, it's important to us that our whole community is happy, healthy and well-supported. Our team are experienced in a whole range of areas and we operate an open door to our students. So whether you're missing home, finding it difficult to balance your studies or if you just want to talk, then we are here to help.

To make sure we can offer the best support in a confidential environment, we have a dedicated space on campus to meet with our students and discuss the best options avialable. And, we also have our very own therapy dog Betty Beckett, offering play-time and cuddles to pretty much anyone that comes her way. A bit of a local celebrity, Betty even has her own Facebook!

Meet our in-school Pastoral team We want you to thrive during your time with us and supporting all our students throughout their studies is a vital element of our school ethos.

Just sitting down and talking to somebody about any problems you have really does help.

Nic Pastoral Team Leader

Get to know the Pastoral Team

  1. How we can help

    Our team are experienced practitioners who are always here to help. We can provide advice, guidance and tools to help support you through your personal and academic journey.

    We can support you on a whole range of issues, including:

    • If you need some support with academic time management
    • Assistance with extensions and mitigations
    • Supporting for your placement, including liaising with schools and link tutors
    • Advice on building confidence, goals, and relationships
    • Help with interview prep or careers advice
    • Ideas to keep physically or mentally healthy
    • If you just need to talk!

    We can also link you with more specialist support, such as accessing the university’s Wellbeing Team, Disability Advice and The Hardship Fund.

"I was able to get help with applying for an extension and I also have ‘check-in’ meetings every 2-3 weeks to check that I am managing my workload and remembering to take time for myself. I immediately felt like a weight had been lifted after speaking to Nicola, she was so calm with me and assured me everything would be okay."

Kate MA in Childhood Studies and Early Years
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Kate Greaves
  1. How to access support

    There's lots of ways to get support from our team with a range of activities on offer. Depending on what you need help with, you might want to get involved in some of the following:

    • Regular pastoral video and telephone appointments as well as a WhatsApp chat service
      While we've been in lockdown, we've introduced some new ways of keeping in touch to make things easier for you. As things get back to normal, we will be re-introducing some of our face-to-face sessions but we know it's important that we go at our own pace in a way that's comfortable for everyone so we'll be keeping these available too.
    • Open door drop-in sessions
      You can drop by the Green Room any time and have an informal chat with one of the team about any support you might need.
    • Pre booked one-to-one support session
      You can book a one-to-one appointment with one of our experienced advisors and have a confidential talk about the options available to you
    • A calendar of workshops and events to support our students
      Throughout the year we run lots of activities and sessions to get involved with

    If you're not sure where to start, you can contact us via the details below and one of the team would be happy to talk through the best options for you.

Head of Pastoral, Vicki Hassett

Head of Pastoral

"Hi, I'm Vicki. I'm here to ensure we are providing the best support we can for all our students. Student wellbeing is our number one priority and our dedicated team are here to help and support you during your studies."

Pastoral Manager, Nic

Pastoral Team Leader

"Hi, I'm Nic. Alongside supporting our students, I also implement new ideas and strategies to improve the package the Pastoral Team can offer. In my opinion, your wellbeing is out number one priority, in order to fulfil your student experience."

Pastoral Officer, Kaya

Pastoral Officer

‘Hi, I'm Kaya and I am a Pastoral Officer for the School of Education. Mentoring is at the heart of what I do within pastoral care, and I'm passionate about supporting students. I believe my own lived experiences provide clarity and helps encourage students to become more confident in navigating and advocating in their own lives."

Pastoral Officer, Cesca

Pastoral Officer and Course Administrator for BA (hons) Primary Education (Accelerated Route)

"Hi, I am Francesca aka Cesca. I have a degree in ‘Education Studies’ and I'm a qualified teacher. I have a range of experience working in schools and support settings and I am passionate about promoting positive mental health. I'm here to offer guidance and support to all students and your wellbeing is our priority."

Pastoral Officer

"Hi i'm Hema, I very recently finished my Master’s in Global Literature and Culture and I’m passionate about mental health, education and working with young people from diverse backgrounds."

Pastoral Officer, Jenny

Pastoral Officer

Hi, I’m Jenny, a Pastoral Officer for Carnegie School of Education students. I’m passionate about mental health. Everybody has it! So, it’s vital that we talk about it more. Being a Pastoral Officer means that I connect with students on a host of experiences. Everybody’s journey is unique.

Pastoral Outreach Officer Becky

Pastoral Outreach Officer / Course Coordinator

Hi, I’m Becky. I believe that every young person should have access to the support they need, when they need it. I work with charities and local schools in order to ensure that our students have the best support available.

Pastoral team therapy dog, Betty

Therapy dog aka happy floof

"Hi, I'm Betty. When im not snoozing or chewing my facourite toy, I love to meet students in the school, helping them to relax and get to know our team better!"

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