About This Site
This site has been assembled for the use of the HUCS (Heads of University Counselling Services) Group, a special interest group of the Association for University and College Counselling Division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
We welcome comment and contributions from those involved in the management of all forms of student counselling provision in the UK. We will consider including links to relevant sites.
AUCC Survey pages - information from past years and details of current esearch projects.
For Students, Relatives of Students and General Visitors
Have you visited Student Counselling in UK Universities our other site packed with useful advice for students, their parents, families and friends and others about the support on offer in UK Universities from student counselling services??
The Student Depression webiste is an excellent resource for students, parents, teaching staff and counsellors alike and contains many links to other resources.
HUCS Executive committee composition as from October 2010:
For any matters relating to HUCS, please contact the Secretary at the address below:
| Chair:||Melanie Withers, ||University of Sussex |
|Past Chair: ||Pat Hunt, ||Nottingham University |
|Secretary: ||Adam Sandelson, ||London School of Economics |
|Treasurer: ||Kate Tindle, ||University of Bangor |
|Exec Member: ||Terry Patterson||Queen Mary's University, London|
|Exec Member: ||Dave Berger, ||ex-Hull University (rtd)|
|Exec Member: ||Yvonne Harris, ||Manchester Met University |
|Exec Member: ||Kate Tindle, ||Sheffield University |
|Observer: ||Geraldine DuFour, ||Birmingham City Uni |
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Adam Sandelson (HUCS Secretary) Counselling Service, LSE, Houghton Street,London WC2A 2AE
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance of Website: Dave Berger,
If you would like to link to this page, we would appreciate being informed.
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Conference Papers Beautiful Minds? - December 2002
Resources and Links for Counselling Service Managers
Publications and papers (including new research) and Service Accreditation
HUCS/AUCC Press Releases
Information for HUCS members**
**Pages marked with ** are situated on the Jiscmail server and are only available to members of HUCS (password protected). Members of HUCS (who are on the HUCS mailbase) can access these pages once they have registered their own password with JISC on www.jiscmail.ac.uk. If you have any problems doing this, please e-mail Dave Berger for further advice and help. Last revised 09/02/2012
Resources for Counselling Managers
General Reference Major HE/FE indexes and sensitive map.
Organisations in the HE Sector Funding, governing and quality assessment bodies.
Counselling and Psychology Sites Counselling and mental health gateways; on-line counselling.
Other Useful Sites Alcohol, autism, data protection, DDA, drugs, eating disorders, self-help, suicide; also Observer articles and computer viruses.
AUCC Advisory Service
The following is a list of sites which individual Heads of Counselling Services have found to be of professional interest and use. All the sites listed are the properties of independent organisations. The fact that they appear in this list does not imply any recommendation or endorsement of their content by HUCS, AUCC or BACP. If you require a more comprehensive listing, try the index sites listed in general reference below.
Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education - influential and active organisation that represents and campaigns on behalf of Student Services managers.
National Association of Managers of Student Services Principally for Further Education but with relevance to Higher Education sector.
HERO Higher Education Research Opportunities - A searchable database of high quality HE information - mainly from national sources. A separate student-orientated link library - Studentzone links to many student advice sites.
HESA the Higher Education Statistics Agency (public) and HEIDI, HESA's password protected statistics pages - both contain a wealth of seachable material on the HE sector
Universities UK Website that contains information on the whole HE sector on the UK, including list of institutions, how to find them, what's involved in going to university, student finace etc. as well as strategic issues facing universities, lpublications and a directory of links to HE organisations.
The Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) and the Skills Funding Agency have between them replaced the Learning and Skills Council (which itslef replaced the Further Education Funding Council). Between these two sites, they have a wealth of information on the Further Education/pre-Higher Education sector.
HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). This site is particularly useful for access to summaries on policies in areas such as Widening Participation, Student Finance, Learning and Teaching strategy, Research Excellence Framework (replaced the RAE - Research Assessent Exercise) and National Scholarship (Bursaries) information.
SHEFC (Scottish Funding Council) covers both Further and Higher Education north of the border. HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) looks after the Welsh HE sector.
QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) looks after the quality and standards of education and qualifications n the HE sector, containing news-releases, publications list and links.
Counselling and Psychology Sites:
Student Counselling in UK Universities Our own site packed with useful advice for students, their parents, families and friends and others about the support on offer in UK Universities from student counselling services.
@ease A very user-friendly information gateway for young people to give accesss to mental health information
Ahead 4 Health Comprehensive mental health site for all students hosted by Leeds University
BACP The British Associate for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Computers in Mental Health Note - this is a list of sites for Computers in Mental Health, but not all links from the associated page work as at 2/10/2006 - In particular www.mhrc.cc , which is a key site on the subject noted by BACP in their publication on Online Counselling is not working at present, and may no longer exist. It's also worth looking at: ISMHO and Metanoia
Imperial College Health Centre A large comprehensive site of links relevant to psychology, counselling and student problems. Extremely useful and well edited.
Internet Mental Health Canadian mental health encyclopedia.
Mental Health Foundation UK charity site dealing with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
MIND Generally very informative about mental health issues; particularly recommended for its booklets section where the excellent "How to..." and "Understanding ..." series can be viewed in PDF format
Oxford Brookes On student mental health, including a useful summary of research .
PsychnetUK UK psychological listings. Use this short cut for the counselling psychology section.
Psychweb US equivalent of the above. Also try Psych Central.
Royal College of Psychiatrists Downloadable leaflets with useful further contacts.
Virtual Pamphlet Collection Leaflets from US university counselling services.
Other Useful Sites
Befrienders Extensive information about depression and suicide in English and basic information about depression and suicide in many other languages.
Computer Viruses A authoritative list of virus hoaxes and a link to a list of real viruses.
Cults Described in a newspaper as 'part of a huge, thorough and aggressively sane data base taking in new religions'.
Data Protection Code of Practice for FE and HE. Short cut to counselling section of Code.
Eating Disorders Association A site with lots of relevant informaton, including information for men with eating difficulties. Sometimes hard to get a link.
Harvard Report on Student Drinking in US An interesting paper on a US Govermental Substance Abuse Site. Alcohol Statistic for UK are available from the IAS.
Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (now Drugscope) As well as useful general reading, links and an encyclopedia, this site offers a Student Guide.
National Autistic Society Information and links about autistic spectrum conditions including Asperger's syndrome. There is also a site specifically dealing with problems encountered by UK University Students With Autism And Asperger's Syndrome.
Samaritans Help and facts on suicide.
Self-Help Book A complete, comprehensive and authoritative US psychological self-help book online.
Skill's website offers useful advice on the Disability Discrimination Act.
AUCC Advisory Service.
This is a small group of experienced practitioners who are available to members for information and consultative support about both counselling practitioner issues and management issues.
The Service is confidential.
The Advisory Service is a sub-committee of AUCC.
Publications, Papers and Service Accreditation
Beyond the Individual: The Roles Offered by University Counselling Services - 2003
Excerpt from Doctoral research by HUCS member Ruth Caleb
HUCS Survey into Medical, Psychiatric and Counselling provision in HE - 2002
Research undertaken by HUCS in January 2002
Counselling in Higher Education - 2002
Executive paper by Eileen Smith for Royal College of Psychiatrists' working party
The Impact of Counselling Services on Student Retention - 2002
Report prepared on behalf of HUCS for submission to the Universities UK Steering Group on Student Retention, June 2002. Included in the report are three examples of good practice.
AUCC Counselling Service Recognition Scheme
NOTE - this page is retained for historical reasons, and context relevance.
The scheme has now been subsumed into the BACP Service Accreditation Scheme. Contact BACP for details.
BACP Service Accreditation Scheme
Degrees of Disturbance: The New Agenda - 1999
The impact of increasing levels of psychological disturbance amongst students in Higher Education. March 1999