Student support

LUSA free BBQAttending university for the first time is exciting, but it can also be a daunting prospect.  You are not sure what to expect and the first few weeks in particular will be filled with new challenges.  Even if you are a returning student, there will be times when you need a bit of advice or just someone to talk things through with. You don’t have to cope alone. There is a variety of groups and organisations which can provide support and assistance during your time at Lincoln. There is a full range of on and off campus services a few of which are detailed below.

The Lincoln University Student Support Network is a group of people who you can go and see at any time about any problem. They can offer you support and advice on how to find expert assistance if that is appropriate. 

The  Lincoln University Students' Association (LUSA) is an independent student voice. It belongs to the students, students run it, control it and fund it. It provides regular social activities from sporting fun to more traditional student leisure pursuits. LUSA also provides advocacy services via the Education Co-ordinator ( and organises the class representative scheme.

Library, Teaching and Learning  can help you with assignment research, finding information in books, serials and online resources, database and internet searching, placing holds, referencing, individual postgraduate or EndNote and IT/Computer help. 

If you need help with study skills and academic writing Library Teaching and Learning works with students of all stages of study, from your first year of university study to postgraduates completing their theses. They offers workshops, individual or small group appointments, drop-in sessions and resources for independent study.

There are groups and associations dedicated to the interests of Māori students and international students.

The University Chaplains offer pastoral support to all students for personal, spiritual and work related concerns.

If you are living with the effects of a disability which will impact on your ability to study, Inclusive Education offers support strategies to lessen the impact of an illness, injury or disability on your learning and assessment.

If you have any worries or concerns or health issues your first stop should be the Student Health and Support Health Centre. Their service is private and confidential. Feel free to bring a friend with you, or ask for a chaperone if you wish. They have a doctor, nurses and mental health nurse on duty every weekday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and also provide access to dietitians.




Page last updated on: 13/11/2013