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Wellbeing, Advice, and Support for students

As a University of St Andrews student you are on a journey of learning.  The person you arrived as will be different from the one who leaves. This change will reflect the knowledge and skills you will gain, and the experiences you will have throughout your time here. It is unlikely that your journey will always be smooth, but dealing with the unexpected challenges you encounter along the way will help you develop the skills you need to make you a better scholar and better able to cope with life beyond university.

Key areas to focus on during your St Andrews journey include:

  1. Developing independence. This means that you actively seek out information, take charge of finding the right balance between your study and personal life and take responsibility for your behaviour.
  2. Facing challences. It's perfectly normal to find things challenging in your academic studies and general student life. Some challenges may lead to disappointment or even failure. The important thing to remember is that you will be strengthened by these challenges, developing important life-skills such a problem-solving and resilience.
  3. Being involved. As a student at St Andrews you are part of several communities, and you have the opportunity to become involved with them. You are part of the community within your academic school, part of the broader University community and part of the wider community of the St Andrews town. You are encouraged to make the most of the academic, social, societies and sports opportunities on offer as a way to positively build knowledge, skills, support networks, and physical and mental wellbeing.

For advice and support on any issue, including academic, financial, international, personal or health matters, or if you are unsure of who to go to for help, please contact the Advice and Support Centre, 79 North Street, 01334 462020,

Semester dates

Semester dates for the current (and future) academic years are found on the University website.

Examination dates

Dates for future examination diets are found on the University website. The primary dates for 2018/19 are:

S1 Exam Diet: Saturday, 8 December - Friday, 21 December 2018

S2 Exam Diet: Saturday, 11 May - Friday, 24 May 2019

Health and safety

First-aid boxes are located outside Rooms 116, 211 and 312 in the Mathematical Institute.

Notices are posted throughout the School (including beside the first-aid boxes) indicating who the current First Aiders are and how to contact them.

Notices are also displayed detailing your exit routes and assembly points in the event of fire.  All students should familiarise themselves with this information.

Any hazards or safety-related incidents should be reported to the School Safety Officer (Dr Ian Goudie) or to the School Office immediately.

Disability Support

If you require support for disability reasons, for example teaching and exam arrangements, please contact the Disability Team in Student Services who can provide support for a wide range of disabilities such as learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mobility difficulties, Asperger’s, mental health, long standing medical condition and much more.

Academic Flexibility for Students with Recognised Sporting Talent

There is a policy which allows eligible students (with the permission of the School and Sports Performance Manager) to have time off from their studies in order to participate in key sporting tournaments and competitions.  Further information is available from Debby Sargent, Department of Sport and Exercise ( or see the University Policy on Academic Flexibility for Sport (PDF, 409 KB)