Student Support


We understand that life isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes, financial, personal or social obstacles make it difficult for individuals to take advantage of educational opportunities early on in life. We help those people overcome barriers to learning and provide quality educational experiences to those looking to step onto to a better path.                        

In any case, for many people, returning to education can raise fears and anxieties, as well as awakening hopes and excitement. Talking to our tutors can help. We aim to support our students through the emotional and personal difficulties of learning to allow them to achieve their goals. We offer each and every student a holistic package of support, based on individual needs, to help safeguard and nurture your learning, development and success.

It doesn’t matter how you begin, start now and soon you could be on your way to achieving a full university degree and all the benefits that brings.

Personal Tutors

Our students meet with their personal tutors on a weekly basis (for full time courses). The tutorial helps to develop the student’s critical thinking, intellectual development and writing abilities. With guidance from their tutor, the student can choose a weekly essay or other assignment and together review and evaluate previous work.

Learning Development

Learning Development offers Ruskin students one-to-one, 50 minute sessions with a Learning Development tutor to discuss any aspect of their academic work. This is for students on all HE Long Courses: for those who are struggling, for high fliers wanting to improve their results even more, and for everyone in between. Last year 35% of students came to Learning Development at some point: for help puzzling out life-work balance, to discuss an assignment, for a sounding board, or for help with how to put feedback into practice. Many students find a session or two with Learning Development sets them on the right track, and helps them to feel less overwhelmed and more confident.

Last year students said:

“…it is a safe place to ask for help without being or feeling evaluated for the lack of certain academic skills”

“They take time to help you understand what is being asked of you and also to help you understand how to structure your answer.”

“…someone non-judgemental to bounce ideas off”

In addition to face-to-face appointments, we offer email and telephone appointments for students who are studying part-time, or are on placement.

The Learning Development tutors are happy to talk through concerns about studying with prospective students: just call reception on 01865 759600 and they will put you in touch.


Our counselling service is free, confidential and widely used by students.

So, if you’re relationship is in a tangle, or you find yourself anxious or depressed, or the coursework is getting you down, come and talk over the issues. Approximately, a quarter of our students at Ruskin College use this service each year. As one of our students said,
“Don’t think about it—do it. Make an appointment now. You will not regret it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You owe it to yourself.”

Ruskin counsellor Wendy Robertson  says,
'Students are welcome to introduce themselves or make an appointment with me at any time, even when they are still considering applying or over the summer, prior to the start of their course. I'm always happy to meet perspective students'.

International Students

Ruskin College welcomes students from overseas and has a complete guide for International Students. Why not take a look and then email us with any questions at

Information, Advice and Guidance

If you’re looking for advice, information or guidance on any topic relating to your studies Ruskin’s Academic Registrar has a wealth of information and resources to help you. Talk to her about your application, how to finance your studies, meeting your accommodation needs, accessing childcare or coping with personal and social issues. Call her on 01865 759604 or send an email to​

Students with Children or Adult Dependents

If you are study for an undergraduate degree with us, additional help may be available for students with children or adult dependants via Student Finance England, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency for Scotland and Student Finance Wales.