firstpoint is dedicated to helping students access information and support during their studies.

We are based in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on the St John’s Campus and are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Telephone: 01905 542551 Email: firstpoint@worc.ac.uk 

Pregnancy and Childcare

Pregnancy

Students who are pregnant are encouraged to inform the University so that they receive the most appropriate help & guidance and a suitable risk assessment can be conducted. Pregnancy does not mean that your studies need to stop, but it is important that we are able to give you the support you need to make the right choices in your circumstances.

In the first instance, you may wish to speak with your Personal Academic Tutor or the Student Community Development Service Manager; Lucy Sandwell, who is part of the Student Wellbeing team. Contact details and more information can be found on their webpages.

If you are experiencing difficulties studying during your pregnancy or need to consider suspending your course, then you may benefit from meeting with a Programme Adviser; they will be able to discuss your situation and advise on whether you may need to claim for exceptional mitigating circumstances or perhaps take a break in your studies.  It can be helpful to discuss your situation in more detail with the Counselling team, who can provide support if there are any difficult decisions that you might be faced with.

Childcare

Parents who are seeking support with childcare while returning to study might wish to discuss their financial options with the Money Advice Service, who can offer assistance with any additional funding which may be available. There are many local childcare providers which you may want to explore and the University also has its own in-house nursery Unitots.  

St John's Campus also has a Rest Room in Bredon, BB180, which can be used for some quiet time out or breastfeeding or expressing if required. More information about the room, including opening times and equipment provided, can be found on the Rest Room page.