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Wellbeing Services are made up a friendly and professional team of Advisers and Counsellors.

Emma Carpenter

Wellbeing Manager

I am a qualified Occupational Therapist and worked as a practitioner for a number of years within mental health services in the NHS until I moved into a manager role in a specialist psychosis service. I joined the University as Wellbeing Manager in October 2017 and lead a team of Wellbeing Advisers, Mental Health Advisers and Counsellors to deliver welfare, wellbeing and mental health support to our students. I am also the lead safeguarding officer for the university.

Clare Ibberson-John

Student Wellbeing Adviser

As a Wellbeing Adviser,  I help students to get the right support in place at the right time to get the most out of their time at University.  I work by  offering confidential one-to-one and group support with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns.   I have a broad experience of supporting people with  life crises during my various careers in social housing, advice work, legal secretarial and education.    Prior to coming to work for the University of Huddersfield I was a teacher and progress coach who specialised in supporting students studying English  (ESOL)

Deborah Birch

Student Wellbeing Adviser 

I have a BSc in Psychology and qualified as a counsellor in 2002.  I also have a postgraduate qualification in counselling and psychotherapy and have provided information, advice and guidance, wellbeing support and counselling to both FE and HE students for the past 18 years.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 as a Back on Track/Wellbeing Adviser. My main role is working with students to help them identify and address both underlying and visible issues that are impacting on their wellbeing and studies. With a wealth of knowledge around university regulations, I am able to help students explore the best option for them, so they can successfully navigate their way through university to achieve their goals.

Fran Devlin-Johnson

Wellbeing Educator and Adviser

I have a split role at the university; in my role as Wellbeing Advisor I provide support, information and guidance to students who need help with wellbeing issues or who need help overcoming barriers that prevent them from achieving academically. I am also a support coordinator for Care Leavers and estranged students.

The second half of my role as Wellbeing Educator is to coordinate projects around issues relating to student wellbeing and safeguarding. Outside of work, I am studying for a MA in Applied Human Rights.

Joanne Hellawell 

Student Wellbeing Adviser

I have been working within Student Services at the University of Huddersfield for over 25 years and graduated from here too.  I am part of a team that supports and advises students with any issues and concerns that they may have whilst undertaking their studies.  I facilitate the PGR Support Group and I have also recently trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Kelly Boyd

Mental Health Adviser

As one of the Mental Health Advisors at the University I offer therapeutic support, advice and guidance to students who are experiencing a range of difficulties. I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I offer support on a one-to-one basis and also facilitate mental health related groups for students. My approach to mental health is holistic – considering all aspects of the individual in order to effectively support them to improve their wellbeing.

Laura Pickles

Student Wellbeing Adviser and Counsellor

I have worked in education offering wellbeing support to students since 2007, and joined the wellbeing team at the University in 2012. I have a BSc in Psychology, a Diploma in therapeutic counselling and I am a BACP Accredited counsellor. I support students in sharing and exploring any worries they may have throughout their time at University, whether academic or personal, and aim to work together to find helpful and healthier ways to manage.

Lynsey Gray

Mental Health Adviser

I have worked in the field of mental health for a number of years, firstly as a Mental Health Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Practitioner, as well as a Practice Educator for Student Social Workers. As a Mental Health Advisor here at the University, I support students who are struggling with any aspect of their mental health, working together to explore and address any barriers that might be preventing them from moving forward. I am a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and work with staff development delivering training to both staff and students across the University. I am also completing post graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Rebecca Hayes

Support Co-ordinator (Care leavers and vulnerable adults)

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