If you could go back in time and speak to your first-year self what would you say?
We took time to chat with our current and recently graduated students to ask them what advice they would give to our incoming first years. The advice ranges from getting to know the many services offered here at UL to making friends, having a good time, and passing all exams.
More information for some of the services that were mentioned in the video:
Éist Student Counselling and Wellbeing:
Eíst – Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service is a free and confidential service, which is available to all registered UL students. Trained professionals provided a listening ear and have supported over 1150 UL students in the last year.
More information can be found on their website: https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/counselling-service-
John and Sarah our UL Chaplains welcome all students to visit Teach Fáilte for a casual cuppa and chat. They provide pastoral support to UL students of all faiths and denominations.
More information can be found on their website: http://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/chaplaincy-service
UL has five different Learning Centres. These include the Science Learning Centre, Maths Learning Centre, Regional Writing Centre, Peer Supported learning Centre and the ICT Learning Centre
You can go to the appropriate centre to get help with modules you may find difficult. Do not panic; find the Learning Centre for you!
More information can be found on their website: https://ulsites. iie/ses/learning-centres-ul
Campus Life Services:
We aim to contribute to the student experience by providing student residents with a home away from home where they will have the opportunity to enjoy the experience the best of ‘campus life’.
Ask about Living Learning Communities in residence on campus, these facilities and supports are in your village to help you achieve your goals.
More information can be found on their website: https://campuslife.ul.ie/
First Year Librarian
UL has a dedicated librarian to support to all 1ST Years. Throughout the year, classes are provided to help you become familiar with using the library, sourcing information, and referencing. You can also book an individual consultation.
More information can be found on their website: https://libguides.ul.ie/firstyearexperience
First Year Support Coordinator
Starting university is a big life event and challenges arise for everyone. The First Year Support Coordinator is available if you need advice on an element of your first-year experience in UL. There are always options!
More information can be found on their website: https://ulsites.ul.ie/ses/
UL Student Life:
UL Student Life is the representative body for 13,500 UL students. Students automatically become members of UL Student Life upon enrolment, and from that day on the three student officers (President, Welfare, Academic Officers) as well as the part-time members of UL Student Life’s Executive Committee, do their best to represent and help you with any problems you may have during your time in college.
UL Student Life represents you both within and without the University, as well as providing you with services such as a fortnightly newspaper, welfare and academic advice, a common room, a games room, clubs and societies and much more.
More information can be found on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/ulstudentlife/