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LIVE Smart: Relationship issues

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

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Relationship issues can have an impact on your studies. These may be in relation to a romantic partner, friend, flatmate, someone on your course, parents or other family member.

There is help and support available from the Student Support Team or Counselling Service within the University or DUSA Advice Service.

How to Handle Flat Disputes

If you've had a disagreement with your flatmates, seek advice on how to effectively resolve conflict. 

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The Student Support team are on hand to act as mediators for any difficult discussions you may need to have as a flat. 

Bullying and Harrassment

Bullying and Harrassment

Quiz: How well do you cope with challenges in your relationship?

How to handle nasty comments from flatmates

Student Support in University Accommodation

Am I in an abusive relationship?

Concerned about someone?

Concerned about someone?

Signs of Serious Relationship Problems


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Signs of serious relationship problems. Instead of arguing or ignoring things, read the signs and take effective action. Article from Psychology Today.


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)

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 

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MItigating Circumstances

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If you find that the breakdown of a relationship or divorce 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  - remember to say what the impact you have had on your studies because of the break up 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, You will need to provide evidence of this speak to Student Support about how this may be provided.