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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SUPPORT  |   STUDENT PARENTS SUPPORT  |  STUDENT CARERS SUPPORT  HEALTHCARE STUDENTS SUPPORT POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORT

 

International Students Support

This can be a stressful time, particularly if you’re an international student and haven't been in the UK very long. Below are some resources for students who aren't originally from the UK.
 

MDX International Advice Service
MDX International students can still contact the team with general enquiries by email: intadvice@mdx.ac.uk. You can also raise a query online. For urgent matters, please call the team on 020 84114507 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, Skype appointments can also be given upon request.

UK Council for International Student Affairs
A useful online resource which provides information on a range of topics (from visas, immigration, healthcare and employment) and also highlights areas/questions we don’t yet know the answer to. Click here to find out more.
 
Middlesex University's regional officers
A list of MDX University international offices who can offer support to students starting in October, in January or current students who are abroad right now.  Click here to find out more.
 
Shelter
An easy to understand guidance about housing and accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to find out more.
 
What it's like to be on lockdown
An article written by an international student. Click here to find out more.
 
How to ace an online interview
Advice and guidance on how you can ace an online job interview. Click here to find out more.
 
Collectivity & Community
An article and collection of resources written by MDXSU staff member, Bel Bale and last year's MDXSU President, Anas Badar. Click here to find out more.
 
Moving to the UK
If you're moving to or have just moved to the UK and need to buy items for the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, then check out UniKitOut where you can purchase goods using PayPal. Click here to find out more. 
 
You can also buy items from a range of retailers including Argos and Amazon, but some retailers may require a UK bank account. 
 
MDXSU International Students Community
Join our International Students Community to stay up to date will upcoming activity, events and information. Click here to join.
 

Student Parents Support

Looking after children can keep you busy at the best of times, but can be even harder if you're also completing a degree. Below are some resources for students who are studying whilst also looking after kids.
 
Free Kids Audiobooks
Comedian and UK's biggesting selling kids' author, David Walliams is making one audiobook a day available to stream via his website. Click here to start streaming.
 
Free meals for Kids
QOOT Group will offer a complimentary lunch to any child who would qualify for free school meals from the government amid the coronavirus crisis. Click here to claim your free meal.
 
Teen Tips
Live online talks for parents & teens to help you all through this challenging time. Click here to find out more.
 
#SaveWithStories
Celebrities reading stories through Instagram! A fun and educational way whilst on lockdown. Click here for more.
 
Young Minds
Tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to find out more.
 
NHS Start4Life
Click here for advice and useful tips on how to keep yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy.
 
Working Families
A helpful site addressing some important questions that new parents might have in regards to work, finances, unemployment and general health. Click here for more information.
 
Bananamoon Indoor Games
A great selection of fun, indoor activities to keep children occupied while at home. Click here to find out more.
 
Families Under Pressure
Positive, helpful advice and videos for those with parental responsibilities in quarantine. Click here to find out more.
 
Other resources
 
MDXSU Student Parents & Carers Community
Join our Student Parents & Carers Students Community to stay up to date will upcoming activity, events and information. Click here to join.
 

Student Carers Support

Caring for someone close to you whilst studying can be incredibly hard, and even more so in the current pandemic. Below are some resources for students who are studying whilst also juggling caring responsibilities.
 
Mobilise
They're running a virtual cuppa for people with caring responsibilities, and have created a routine weekly planner with some tips. Click here to find out more.
 
The Mix
Has a variety of resources for young carers to use and refer to during the pandemic, as well as a crisis messenger if you need someone to talk to. Click here to find out more.
 
Yacbook
An online community and resource space led by young carers, including resources on how to look after yourself. Click here to find out more.
 
CarersUK
Resources which are updated regularly, in line with government advice. Click here to find out more.
 
Rethink Mental Illness
Information and resources for carers of those with severe mental illness. Click here to find out more.
 
Carers.org
A full list of resources and support for young carers, including specific sign posting for carers of someone with a specific condition. Click here to find out more.
 
BGS
Information for older people who are currently self-isolating or shielding, and advice for family, friends and unpaid carers to help support them. Click here for more information.
 
MDXSU Student Parents & Carers Community
Join our Student Parents & Carers Students Community to stay up to date will upcoming activity, events and information. Click here to join.

Healthcare Students Support

Being a healthcare worker poses challenges mentally and physically, especially in the current circumstances. Thank you for the incredible contributions you're making to help keep others safe and well. It is important to ensure that you are safe and well too, so check out these resources to keep up to date on NHS guidance on protection and find out how UNISON can support and advocate for you in your workplace
 
NHS Employers
Information from the NHS on how to keep yourself safe, mentally and physically, while working on the front line. Click here to find out more.
 
UNISON
Click here for a guide on how UNISON can support you at work during the pandemic.
 
MDXSU Healthcare Community
Join our Healthcare Community to stay up to date will upcoming activity, events and information. Click here to join.

Postgraduate Students Support

Students at all levels are finding themselves in difficult situations where there is a lot of uncertainty. For post-grads, who have less contact hours, undergo more independent research and work to their own schedules, it can be easy to feel isolated in any situation, now more so than ever. Keeping up with information regarding your course of study, and having easy access to lots of different wellbeing resources is really important, so make sure you check in with your supervisors and have a look at the resources available to you.
 
MDX PGR Updates
Click here for updates from Middlesex University if you're a PGR student.
 
MDXSU Postgraduate Community
Join our Postgraduate Community to stay up to date will upcoming activity, events and information. Click here to join.