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LIVE Smart: Bereavement

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee. Aligned with LEARN Smart

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At some point in our lives we will inevitably suffer a bereavement. This may be someone that you are close to - a family member, relative or a friend.  It may also be the loss of a beloved family pet. It can be very difficult to have this happen when you are living away from home or perhaps even in a different country. This section of LIVE Smart gives information and links to supports you may want to access if you have this happen during your time at university.

MItigating Circumstances

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If you find that a bereavement has impacted on your studies, ability to focus, created difficulties with coursework or exams then it would be a good idea to speak to someone from the Student Support Team or DUSA Advice for support and advice about how to get back on track.

You can apply for mitigating circumstances in the event of a bereavement - remember to say what the impact you have had on your studies because of the bereavement and what your preferred outcome may be e.g. grades to take into account the mitigating circumstances, late submissions to be given no late penalties and in the case of resits, to be given as a first sitting, .

Cruse Bereavement Support


Cruse Bereavement Care - national and local support, over the phone and in person



University Counselling Service

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Offers free counselling to students and staff.

Emergency session for people in crisis  - please contact for available times

To find out more or to make an appointment with the University Counselling Service

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday

Tel: 01382 384164


Where to find us: Support Hub, OTI Building (see campus map)


Grief after bereavement or loss

Student Support Team

The Student Support Team can be contacted via the Enquiry Centre. They can help you to get back on track with your studies through the Stay on Course scheme.

They can help you with a wide range of issues and problems and can refer, if necessary, to other specialist services, within and outside of the university.

Support meetings with students take place in the Enquiry Centre. For students studying at the Fife Campus appointments may be made at the Fife Campus by arrangement. Teams video call and telephone appointments can also be made.

You can contact the Student Support Team for an appointment by filling in the online form hereStudent Support Team