External Support and Advice Services

There are several local advice and support organisations available to contact.

The Havens

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 12 months, they are there to help you to recover physically and emotionally from your ordeal. Their staff are fully trained and hugely experienced. They are experts in advising, supporting and treating those who have experienced sexual violence. For more information visit their website.
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Office of the Independent Adjudicator

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education ("OIA") operates an independent student complaints scheme pursuant to the Higher Education Act 2004. All higher education institutions in England and Wales are required to comply with the scheme and the service is free to students.
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Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.
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British Medical Association

The BMA is the doctors' professional organisation established to look after the personal and professional needs of doctors. It has a number of resources for medical students.
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British Dental Association

The BDA is the dentists' professional organisation established to look after the personal and professional needs of dentists. It has a number of resources for dental students.
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Trades Union Congress

The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With 66 affiliated unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life, they campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad. You should be able to find contact details for your own Trades Union through the TUC website.
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Nightline

Nightlines offer listening support to students. Nightline volunteers cover the phones throughout the night, and allow university students to talk about whatever’s on their mind. Each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university.  They don’t judge, they don’t give advice, and they certainly don’t tell callers what to do – they just listen. Best of all, Nightline is confidential and anonymous, meaning students accessing the service don’t even have to give their name.
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