Waltham International College is in London borough of barking and Dagenham in east London and was founded in 2010. In recent years there is growing demand in skills and education in barking and Dagenham area (https://www.walthamintcollege.ac.uk/why-wic.html). WIC offers Further Education and Higher Education Programme for students (https: walthamintcollege.ac.uk). Waltham international college has a good environment and excellent quality services for students. As a WIC student, I am going to present a portfolio of student support services on campus.
Student support services
Waltham international college offers educational, personal and career support services for students. WIC support every student who is studying with us in many ways. WIC encourage and appreciate students to achieve their success. Every student experience peace of mind when they are on campus. As We are in London, which every student dream to come and study in London. WIC offers a high-quality programmes and support to our students to develop their career in future.
student welfare teams offer a great support and try to solve any kind of non- academic issues including mental, physical and emotional for students. WIC also have the facility to make one-to-one appointments for complex issues of students. It could be a student finance or money management. For advisor call 02070180430 or email email@example.com
Waltham international college library has a great space to sit and study with computer facility. It contains a variety of books, journals, magazines and other related materials for students to develop their knowledge. WIC also allow students to lend a book from a library. WIC offers E-resources- 24 hours a day access off- campus to teachers and students. We also have a professional and experienced staff team to support students on library and if needed team gives a training.
Language support for students
When it comes to English language, it differs in higher education which we learnt in school or college. To develop an academic English in all format, WIC provides special courses who needs to improve and increase a confident level in English language. For more information about regarding the courses, please contact admission team: call 020070180430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIC is located near so many healthcare providers and doctors. Students health and safety is our priority and important to us. WIC have an emergency medical team to help students who feels sick. For assistance or support call 02070180430 or email email@example.com
Mental health and wellbeing support
In this busy world, we are facing so many problems in daily life. It affects our mental health and wellbeing. WIC offers a short-term support and therapy for students who ever facing difficulties in personal life or at college. Our college advisors help to find counsellor if needed. WIC delivers a free service, and it is fully confidential. WIC have a choice of appointment days and times suitable for you.
WIC provides more support to students with a range of disabilities, including physical or sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, long-term medical conditions and mental health conditions (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/student-life/student-support/disability-and-dyslexia-service). Those who have disabilities or medical conditions, college take extra care to make sure they get every support they needed at any time. WIC have a special and personalised services to the students who needs help at our campus. For more information about disability and dyslexia- call 02070180430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality and diversity
WIC provides every students equality of opportunity, giving every student chance to achieve their potential. WIC students could be multicultural, but we love our rich diversity of student and staff.
In this section students can submit and act their needs by forming a team within themselves. From their own team they select their own five or seven executive officers depend upon their needs. Each executive officer brings the student voice into board meetings and committees and showing their interest on college and student union decision making. Executive officers focussing only on their project to improve or fulfil student needs. Also, they have student representative selected by students who ask and find what is each student requirements and handed to the executive officers and support completely to students. Each one can submit their requirements via by online student union email or forms.
WIC has Waltham Employability framework which ensure students have human capital capabilities, psychological capital confidence and social capital connections.
College always make sure employability linked with student’s life cycle, support, career information given to graduates to progress in career, work placement or employability skills added additionally to the course for career support.
Our college provides and helps students to find jobs via several jobs link websites. There must be a campus interviews and job offering. Students can apply for part time, fulltime jobs, interns, volunteer jobs, projects etc.
Samaritans- getting confidential support if anyone are in crisis, depression and urgent needs by calling the Samaritans available 24 hours a day, throughout the year.
London Nightline- it is a listening support and information helpline run by students for students.
WIC provides 30% discount on travel, NUS card and 20% discount on council tax.
There are number of student facilities provided at college. WIC ensure that all the students enrolled in the college are getting invaluable source of advice and support. The facilities provided by the college are listed below:
• Computing and internet facilities
Inside WIC campus, students have access to internet through the Hi-speed dedicated broadband connections and we can also find free Wi-Fi hotspots for the use of students. In addition to this, the college supports students by lending PCs for students inside the college.
• IT support
WIC provides expert IT help and training throughout the year and make sure that students are not facing any IT related issues. Moreover, students have free access to computers and the software used in their course work and research.
• Photocopying/printing facility
We can find printers inside the campus. Students can use the printers which are free of cost during their class time.
Our college is reflecting on all the needs of students. Setting goals, thriving for it and achieving is WIC vision. Even though very few needs to be still must fulfil by student support services. In our college there is no sitting area in canteen. They should fulfil that needs of students. Other issues we are facing are login issues whenever I try to log in at home for virtual learning.
So, I conclude that student union in our college provides most of the need’s student. As a volunteer worker I have seen how gradually WIC improve in all areas of student needs in last ten years. Only very few needs and issues student union must fulfil and resolve. That would be grateful if our college student Support services fix these issues and fulfil the needs.