Postgraduate study can bring many new challenges from meeting academic expectations to adapting to student life away from friends and family. With all the new events happening, it is important to look after your health and wellbeing.
All students at Cranfield benefit from access to a wide range of support services.
As a student at Cranfield you will need to register with a doctor’s surgery and dentist as soon as possible after your arrival. This ensures that you will be able to receive timely care should you need it during your time here.
If you are from a European Economic Area (EEA) country you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel to the UK to ensure you are able to use NHS medical services. International (non-EEA) students are eligible for some NHS treatments providing your course is for six months or more but you may wish to consider private medical insurance before you travel.
When registering at a doctor’s surgery, you will usually need to pick up and fill out a registration form. Some will allow you to complete a registration form online. Alongside this you will usually need to bring or have to hand:
Proof of your current address; and
- Proof of your identity, e.g. driving licence or passport.
Milton Keynes Hospital - Standing Way, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, MK6 5LD.
- Bedford Hospital - Kempston Rd, Bedford, MK42 9DJ.
In a medical emergency dial 999.
For non-urgent medical advice call the NHS 24-hour helpline on 111.
Several other medical centres are located in the area, and may be more convenient if you live in one of the local towns or villages:
• Asplands Medical Centre: Asplands Close, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, MK17 8QP
Tel: +44 (0)1908 582069
• Kingfisher Surgery: Elthorne Way, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0JR
Tel: +44 (0)1908 618265
• Newport Pagnell Medical Centre: Queen Avenue, Newport Pagnell, MK16 8QT
Tel: +44 (0)1908 611767
• The Village Medical Centre: Kingswood Way, Great Denham, Bedford, MK40 4GH
Tel: +44 (0)1234 244000
• Wootton Healthy Living Centre: Fields Road Wootton, Bedford MK43 9JJ
Tel: +44 (0)1234 762500
Dental treatment is not always covered by the NHS so please ensure you are aware of the cost of your treatment, if applicable. To find a dentist in your area, please visit the NHS dentist finder service.
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The University Counselling Service is available to support students by providing a free, confidential, safe and friendly environment in which to explore any issues which may be of concern to you.
Our counsellors are highly qualified and experienced in dealing with the challenges of postgraduate study.
Disability and learning
We want you to succeed in your studies and have a positive experience at Cranfield. If you have a disability, medical condition or health problem, we have a range of support services here to help, including:
- Advice and guidance to prospective students on support available;
- Help with completing Disabled Students Allowance application forms;
- Specific examination adjustments (based on an educational psychologist’s report or Diagnostic Assessment Report);
- Free and confidential counselling services for coping with mental health issues.
If you have any specific requirements please contact the Student Advice Team.
The University has a well-established system of assistance for students with dyslexia but to ensure we can offer the best possible support we urge you to please let us know it you are dyslexic (or suspect you may be) at the earliest opportunity.
For some UK-based students, a Disabled Students' Allowance may be available, however, the applications are processed by external authorities which could lead to delays in funding. Therefore, if you have already been assessed as having dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties we advise you to bring a copy of your latest assessment to registration so that the appropriate support can be implemented immediately by the Learning Support Officers.
Student support services
At the Cranfield campus a central point of contact is the Student Advice Centre which offers professional and confidential advice and guidance to help students navigate their time at Cranfield and access the right resources.
Big White Wall
All Cranfield registered students can now access support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with Big White Wall.
Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day. You can join a supportive online community that’s totally anonymous, take part in a group course and take self-assessments.
Go to bigwhitewall.com to join with your university email address – it takes five minutes and you have immediate access to support.