Wellbeing & Safety
The stressors that University provides can be extremely challenging, and to meet these challenges, we have developed a mental health team, comprising a three of layers: peers, staff and external professionals. Every corridor has both a student leader and co-leader who will help you navigate your day-to-day life at Queen’s. These are student peers trained in a range of community leadership facets, including mental health first aid. In addition, Queen’s appoints a number of Student Support Officers every year; we recognise that peers are often the first point of call when young people encounter an issue.
Our student support team, comprised of residential tutors, the academic and wellbeing support officer, and the two Deans are experienced educators and College leaders, trained, tried and tested in supporting young people through their university studies and community lives. The team is available during all business hours, with the Dean of Students living onsite. We also offer Evening Support Officers overnight to ensure that our students are supported 24/7.
Finally, Queen’s College engages a number of external experts, such as counsellors, general practitioners and clinical psychologists, to ensure that our students can receive quick and easy access to the services that they need. We also work closely with University counselling and psychological services, and student equity bodies, to ensure that our students can access the academic and pastoral support provided by our affiliated institutions.
Beyond a team of people to help with mental health, we consistently develop programs to build you as an individual, through initiatives such as resilience training, positive masculinity, and yoga, as well as practical life skills that can help students feel more on top of life. We also run GYLIO (Get Your Life in Order) week each semester to encourage time for individual reflection.
A Safe and Respectful Community
At the heart of the Queen’s college community is the support and respect residents have for one another.
At Queen’s, we are committed to the fair treatment and safety of all our students and staff. In recent years, we have worked to improve our complaint processes, education, and practice, so as to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol and build an environment of trust to encourage students to come forward. Our processes are robust, we educate our student leaders and every student entering the college on consent and bystander intervention, train our Deans at CASA, and provide a system of peer- and staff-led support to empower victim-survivors to speak out. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our community members and to encourage a culture of openness and trust.
Queen’s strong tradition of student empowerment means that we hope all our students feel they will be heard, and that we will take swift action to remove perpetrators and support victim-survivors. We urge any alumni to come forward so that we can promptly address any historical failings that we may have as an institution, and offer support. We have taken on the recommendations made by the AHRC, Broderick and Red Zone reports, and will continue to seek advice on best practice processes, including anonymous reporting, to ensure that we do the best we can for our students. To this end, we are introducing anonymous reporting in 2019 as well as the position of Women’s’ Support Officer.