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Health Wellbeing and Support for Study Policy and Procedure

Health, Wellbeing and Support for Study (HWSS), formerly Fitness to Study, is used if there are concerns about a student’s health, wellbeing or behaviour.

The HWSS policy is used if there are concerns that a student’s health, wellbeing or behaviour is impacting their ability to engage with their studies, university life as a whole, or the safety of themselves or others.

The purpose of HWSS is to ensure the University has a supportive and coordinated approach in these circumstances and to ensure the best interests of the student.

Read the full HWSS Policy and the Procedure.

If you are a Student Apprentice please find the Student Apprentice HWSS Policy and Procedure.

The Procedure has 3 stages:

  • Stage 1 – emerging concern
  • Stage 2 – significant or ongoing concern
  • Stage 3 – persistent or critical concern

The stages are designed to respond to different and changing degrees of concern and/or the perceived seriousness of a situation.

You can find out more about what happens at each stage in the HWSS Procedure.

If you are a staff member supporting a student and would like more information about the criteria for each stage please contact

Advice and Support

We want you to be fully supported throughout this process.

You can contact the SU Advice centre for a free confidential service that is independent of the University.

You will be offered the opportunity to bring a friend, family member or other support person to the HWSS Panel.

If you have a disability or any specific needs that require adjustments to this HWSS process, please email in order for arrangements to be made.

If you have a disability, you can also be accompanied to the meeting by a Disability Support Worker or adviser if required.

Support and advice is also available from the Student Support Advice Team by email to


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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