We recognise that important relationships are forged whist at university. These relationships are between students themselves, of course (friendships made at university are often lifelong) but there are also opportunities for personal enrichment, development and growth
by way of engagement with academic members of staff. The first few weeks or months at university can often be an anxious time for new students as they often have to deal with, at the same time, being away from home, living somewhere new, making new friends and setting in to what is a new learning environment. University is not just a ‘big school’; university is, by its very nature, an intellectually demanding environment. Whether a new student or one with longer experience of being at university, life can throw at us all, student or other, both ‘local’ and ‘background’ challenges as the literature terms them.