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Suspension of the Student Guidance Service

Message sent on behalf of Dr Pat Sponder, Director of Student Support:

Dear Colleague

I am writing to let you know that as a result of internal staffing changes, the service provided by the Student Guidance Service (SGS) is currently unavailable.  SGS will remain temporarily closed pending new arrangements that will result from the Services, Information, Advice and Guidance for Students project and we would ask you to bear with us in the meantime.

The following information provides alternative sources of support to which you can refer students in the interim.

The Crucial Guide, especially the Academic Life section,  and My Manchester contain resources and resolutions to many of the queries dealt with by the Student Guidance Service.

The Student’s Union Advice Service can provide independent academic-related advice on a confidential basis; see their website for further details.

Students can also be referred to any of the following:

Accommodation Office
Careers Service
Counselling Service
Disability Support Office
English Language Support
International Advice Team
Manchester Student Homes
Occupational Health
Student Services Centre
Study Abroad

Communications for students who approach the SGS are being put in place to ensure that they are able to access the alternative sources of support that are available.

The Supporting Students area of Staffnet also provides resources for staff to enable them effectively to support students.

I would be grateful if you would disseminate this information throughout your area as appropriate.

Yours sincerely

Pat Sponder
Director of Student Support

Enquiries:  Jenny Wragge ( or Pat Sponder (



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