Mental health and wellbeing at Bristol: a whole-institution approach

Being at university is an exciting and transformational time – but there can be times when some students struggle with the demands of studying or with life in general. We make it our absolute priority at Bristol to work with our students to promote good physical and mental health, and to support those who need help.

Services and resources

Our services and resources are organised in three groups that reflect a student’s level of need: first points of contact; specialist services; and self-help / prevention.

First points of contact

Residential Life Service

Our Residential Life Service gives our students a support network in University accommodation. The Service covers all aspects of student life in our residences, whether academic, personal or social.

Each student residence is part of one of three Residential Villages in Clifton, Stoke Bishop and the City Centre. Teams of trained Chief and Senior Residents – 120 people in all – provide peer support for fellow students and play a key role in community-building. Each village has a team of staff who work 24/7 to provide support and advice to students on a range of welfare, academic and disciplinary issues.

Find out more about the Residential Life Service

Student Wellbeing Advisers

The Student Wellbeing Service provides advice and support to all students via a team of Student Wellbeing Advisers based in each academic faculty. The Service also has a central team of advisers.

Find out more about the Student Wellbeing Service

Personal Tutors and Research Supervisors

Every taught student has a Personal Tutor who is available to help with their academic and personal development.

Find out more about Personal Tutors

Every postgraduate research student has a main Supervisor who is their primary point of contact for academic and pastoral guidance.

Find out more about Research Supervisors

Specialist Services

We have a range of more specialised services that our students can use, either directly or by referral from the Residential Life Service and Student Wellbeing Service teams:


We have a comprehensive network of wellbeing support services for our students, but we also encourage them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. To this end, we offer a range of resources that they can draw on should they feel the need. These resources include:

We have taken a whole-institution approach to pastoral care. At our University, mental health is everybody's responsibility.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy

Read about our approach to student mental health and wellbeing (PDF 5,591 kB).

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