Student Support and Wellbeing

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The Adam Smith Business School seeks to support our students in looking after their health and emotional wellbeing, developing this as a life skill that will prepare you for your future careers as employees, colleagues, managers, and leaders. We have a dedicated student support and wellbeing team to assist us in achieving this goal.

What does this service include?

Our dedicated Student Development and Wellbeing Advisers are here to support you throughout your degree. We encourage and help you to resolve issues and difficulties and signpost to sources of information and guidance in relation to your studies, wellbeing, life and career.

The topics we can advise on include:

  • Health and emotional wellbeing
  • Study support
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Money issues
  • Accommodation
  • Relationship issues
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Accessing the counselling services
  • Accessing support for disability

Meet the team

Stephen Fiddes

Talking about how you are feeling is a big step towards feeling better, and I'm here to listen and explore this with you, and also to suggest some practical steps you can take to resolve whatever issue you're facing.  

Hello. I'm Stephen. I have been a Student Adviser in Higher Education for 9 years, previously working at Robert Gordon University in my hometown of Aberdeen. I studied at University of Aberdeen and am grateful for the support I was able to access during my studies.  

I am a trainer for the Look After Your Mate workshop, and run several sessions throughout the term. 

Helping students remove barriers to fulfilling their academic potential and to flourish is something I am passionate about. 

Students on any programme with the Business School can book an appointment with me, but I am the assigned Adviser for Economics programmes. I look forward to meeting you!  

Louise Walker

Together we can work on increasing your confidence to help you to solve any problems you face and set clear goals for the future. I offer confidential support and guidance to you during your studies and facilitate workshops to help you to improve your skills.  

I am Louise and I joined the Adam Smith Business School in 2019. Having been a Student Advisor for over twelve years, I initially studied at Caledonian University before becoming Business Lead and the only female coach of The Self Defence Organisation of Scotland. I have enjoyed time living in Birmingham, Melbourne and Sydney before returning to Glasgow to pursue my career.

My passion has always been offering support and guidance and I spent several years working in the voluntary sector in both advocacy and supporting roles. This led to me to a career within Education and to date I have enjoyed over 12 years supporting international and home students to get the best experience from their time studying. I have experience facilitating both group and one to one sessions, creating and delivering webinars and workshops on a range of topics, including emotional resilience, managing stress and anxiety, confidence building and coping with student life. 

I am here to provide support to all students in the Business School, and I am the Assigned Adviser for Accounting & Finance Programmes. 

Andrew Buchan

Focusing on core and study skills development, I am here to help you  learn and implement the skills necessary for improved academic performance. I will help you explore and engage.   

Hello. My name is Andrew – nice to meet you. Before pursuing a career at the University of Glasgow in my current role as Postgraduate Student Adviser, I worked as a Study Skills Tutor for 5 years at the North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh. I studied at Robert Gordon University and the Open University (Scotland).  

Look out for the Evidence-Based Study Skills course that will be available in the term – this course helps debunk the more ineffective ways of studying while clarifying methods which are evidence-based and more effective.  

When it comes to skills development, I am passionate about taking a practical and friendly approach to helping students not only realise their potential but release it. Although I advise all students within the Business School, I am the assigned Adviser for the Management programmes.