Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing at USW

Your Health and Wellbeing are important to us and we want to ensure that students get the correct support.

Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service provides students with an opportunity to talk through any difficulties they are experiencing in confidence.  We offer students an impartial, non-judgemental space to explore their situation and consider options for addressing or managing their mental health and well-being. 

Disability Service

The Disability Service provides information, advice and guidance and co-ordinates support for USW students who have disabilities, including physical, sensory, mental health or unseen disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia) and autism.

We recommend that new students make contact with our service at the earliest opportunity so that we can ensure that appropriate adjustments and support are in place from the start of your course.

Nurse Led Health Service

It is important that students are able to access health services whilst studying at the University of South Wales. The University Health Service offers free health advice and support to all USW Students. We form part of your overall healthcare provision, alongside your GP, Pharmacist, Dentist and the NHS. 

Once enrolled, all students should register with our Nurse-led Health Service. 

Additionally, it is important that any student who has moved away from home also registers with a GP surgery in the local area, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires regular medication. Advice on this varies depending on where you are living.

Have You Had Your Meningitis ACWY & MMR Vaccination yet? 

The Meningitis ACWY Vaccination protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by four meningoccocal strains - Men W, A, C and Y. and is free to all first year students under the age of 25 from a GP.

We advise all first year students that are 25 or under to contact their GP at home to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination at least 2 weeks before leaving home to start University. 

Any student who hasn't had their vaccination prior to starting, should contact the USW Health Service as soon as possible.

University students are a high-risk group. 

First years and those living in halls are prone to contracting the disease because of their close proximity to each other; particularly in the first few weeks of term. 

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Mumps outbreaks are common, especially in teenagers and young people. It's especially important for teenagers leaving home for University to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine as they are at higher risk of mumps.

There have been confirmed cases at a number of UK universities recently amongst students who have not been vaccinated.

MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against 3 separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires 2 doses. This NHS leaflet tells you about MMR vaccination.

You should contact your GP surgery before you leave for University if you are not sure if you have received any of these vaccinations.

International Students

If you are from outside the UK, you will need to be up to date with all immunisations as recommended by the UK Government's Department of Health.

International students can mostly access the USW Health Service or Other Healthcare Choices in the same way as UK students, but there are some special considerations: please visit our page dedicated to Healthcare for international students to find out more.