Student support

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As a student of Orkney College, we can offer you support of different kinds. You can chat to your course tutor for advice on your course or you may prefer to get more general help through UHI's support services, but whether it's for study skills, counselling, disability matters or feedback through the red button service, don't forget we're here to help.

Student info

Course Tutors

All students will be allocated a course tutor. Your course tutor will take an active part in your support and guidance while you are with Orkney College.


Orkney College staff endeavour to provide a positive learning environment which is non-discriminatory and inclusive. If however you feel you have been discriminated against or have witnessed others being treated unfairly, please either inform your course tutor, a member of the Senior Management Team or, if you prefer use the anonymous suggestion boxes outside Reception, Student's study room.

Stay Safe

If you are worried about something that is happening to you or someone you know, at Orkney College there are trained people who can make sure that you can get the help that you need. They will treat everything you say in confidence.

Protection Co-ordinator – Tel: 01856 569343 or e:

Protection Advisor – Tel: 01856 569260 or e:

e-Safety top 10 tips

Disability Statement

The Disability Statement is available from Reception or on the Disability Statement page on this website.

Learning support

Student Support Services

Orkney College has a support service to help students with their studies. If you are about to start a course, or are on a course, tell us if you think you may need additional help, even if only for a temporary period. This could include support with coursework, health issues, financial issues, accessing the building/facilities, or any other area.

Should you wish to speak to the support tutor contact your course tutor and they will arrange an appointment for you. Alternatively you can contact the support tutor directly in room G3.15, by phoning 569275 or by e-mailing Staff respect confidentiality.

Help with your studies

We can help you with every aspect of study skills - like Harvard referencing, RefWorks and avoiding plagiarism. UHI's website is excellent and is being continually upgraded.

Essential Student Skills


There are a number of organisations in Orkney offering counselling services.

YPeople - Family Support Service

The Ypeople Orkney Family Support Service aims to provide holistic and practical support to families to help them to minimise the effects of substance misuse upon their children.  The service will use evidence-based interventions and will routinely screen for alcohol use using the FAST tool. The family support worker will help the family, and individuals, to engage with other local services, in order to ensure joined up treatment and care which meets the individual needs of service users. This is a free, professional and confidential service that welcomes referrals from all individuals and agencies.

YPeople - Y-Talk

Y-Talk is a youth counselling service for children and young people living in Orkney, aged 12-25, affected by substance misuse, either directly or indirectly. They might also be experiencing additional problems with stress, depression, anxiety, feeling down, self-harm, not coping, feeling alone or bullying.

Y-Talk provides online and telephone counselling, as well as group and one-to-one counselling services at a range of youth venues, as well as at the office at 43 Junction Road. This is a free, professional and confidential service that welcomes referrals from all individuals and agencies.

Contact Y People

Y-People Orkney provide an in-college counselling service to our students. Appointments are available between 4pm and 6pm on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Use the contact details below to make an appointment.

The Ypeople Orkney office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am - 5.00pm. We offer flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends, for both the Family Support Service and Y-Talk counselling sessions. Please contact us for further details.

Main Office: Ypeople Orkney, 43 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1AR

Tel: 01856 875815


Email Family Support Service:

You can also find us here:




OACAS - Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service

OACAS is an organisational member and has individual membership of BACP – (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such is bound by its code of ethics, Alcohol Focus Scotland affiliated and is a COSCA Recognised Counselling and Counselling Skills Organisation. to help...

We offer one to one counselling for generic and/or alcohol issues. Free and confidential Counselling is delivered by qualified counsellors by appointment at the office or at a number of outreach points by arrangement. Referrals are taken from any source with no time limit on contact.


6 Bridge Street Wynd
KW15 1JD

t: 01856 874738


Manager - Simon Gordon

Practice Co-ordinator - Andi Ross, Kirkwall

OACAS - Orkney Youth Counselling

We offer one to one counselling for children and young people up to the age of 25 for generic and/or alcohol issues. Free and confidential Counselling or Play Therapy is delivered by qualified counsellors by appointment and drop in at the office or at a number of outreach venues by arrangement; including Orkney College. We encourage telephone or email links with the isles. Referrals are taken from any source with no time limit on contact.

Addressing difficulties as they arise builds resilience and reduces the risk for young people of future mental health issues or substance misuse.

Orkney Youth Counselling

6 Bridge Street Wynd
KW15 1JD

t: 01856 874738


Relationship Scotland - Orkney (RSO)

RSO provides a range of services to support individuals, couples and families and promote positive relationships. It is a voluntary organisation affiliated to the national body Relationships Scotland.

  • Individual and Relationship Counselling helps individuals and couples explore difficulties and find ways of moving forward. We are now able to offer telephone counselling for individuals by counsellors who have attended specific accredited training.
  • Youth Counselling and Play Therapy are available for younger individuals to explore difficulties and worries.
  • Substance Misuse Service is available to offer targeted support and therapy to individuals and family members affected by alcohol or drug misuse.
  • Family Mediation helps parents whose relationship has broken down to communicate with each other and to make practical arrangements for their children.
  • Child Contact Centre helps children and young people affected by family breakdown to keep in touch with adults who are important to them.
  • Family Connections Project helps families to work towards reducing conflict, strengthen family relationships and improve wellbeing. We can also help establish and maintain contact between parents, family members and children they no longer live with.


For further information, contact:

Relationships Scotland - Orkney
Orkney Counselling & Support Centre
1st Floor, Travel Centre
West Castle Street

KW15 1GU

t: 01856 877750 (Monday to Friday 10.00 - 2.00pm). Appointments are available outwith these times by arrangement.

Scottish Charity No SCO23164, Company No: 380628

Samaritans Orkney

There is always someone to talk to………

Samaritans is there when things get too much. We’ll listen to how you feel, no matter what the reason is. We won’t tell you what to do, we won’t tell anyone about you or your call or e-mail unless that is what you want. You don’t even have to tell us your name. We can call you back if you prefer.

We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year – whenever you need us.

By phone: FREEPHONE 116 123

By Email:


The Orkney Samaritans branch operates at the following times:

Tuesday - 20.00 to 00.00
Wednesday/Thursday - 22.00 to 02.00
Saturday/Sunday - 22.00 to 02.00

Call 01856 875875 (local call charges apply).

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.

Visit the Counselling Directory website.


Nordhaven Clinic

Offering a range of sexual health advice and treatment on any sexual health issue, including:

  • Contraception
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Healthcare and advice for gay & bisexual people
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Sexuality issues
  • Free condoms
  • Sexual health checks
  • Emergency Contraception


Open 9am-5pm Monday- Friday (for appointments and phone consultations).

Every Wed 3.30pm -5.30pm: Young People's Drop-in . No need to make an appointment, just drop in!

Phone 01856 888917, to make an appointment, or to speak to one of the doctors.

Emergency Contraception can be effective if taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex, and is most effective if taken within 24 hours (1 day). It is available free of charge from the following places: Orkney Sexual Health Service; Boots and Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness and the Balfour Hospital Receiving Unit (ask at main reception desk to see a nurse - you don't need to say what it's for if you don't want to). Tel: 01856 888000 or you can also visit their website

Nordhaven Clinic
Health Centre
New Scapa Road
KW15 1BX

Orkney InfoNet

Orkney InfoNet is a health information website that provides contact details and information for all health related agencies, support groups and services in Orkney.

The website can be accessed at


The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is available to all students regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability. The service is free, impartial, independent, and confidential. The CAB can give advice on a wide range of topics including the following:

  • Benefits – trained advisers can check your entitlement to all benefits e.g. jobseekers allowance, employment supplement allowance, disability benefits, tax credits, council tax and housing benefit.
  • Consumer – advice on your rights can be given on a wide range of consumer issues e.g. faulty or shoddy goods, second hand goods, poor or unsatisfactory workmanship, scams etc.
  • Employment - the bureau can give advice on a wide range of employment issues i.e. holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay, fair and unfair dismissal, terms and conditions of employment etc.
  • Family - advice can be given on most relationship issues i.e. children, relationship breakdown, bereavement etc.
  • Housing - guidance can be given on Housing Law concerning tenancies, homelessness repairs and rents.
  • Health – independent support and advice can be given if you wish to make comment or complaint about NHS issues. Support is also offered to patients with non-medical problems that are impacting on their health. Assistance, support and advice on a wide range of issues e.g. benefits, money, employment etc. is also provided to cancer sufferers and their families.
  • Legal – advice on civil legal matters is given by a certified paralegal. This includes the provision of diagnostic advice and emergency representation in court for unrepresented clients pursuing or defending small claims and summary causes, evictions, rent arrears etc.
  • Money Advice – trained money advisers can support you with money management, prepare financial statements and repayment plans and negotiate on your behalf with creditors.


Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Anchor Buildings

6 Bridge Street


Tel: 01856 875266.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am -12:30pm and from 1:30 - 3:30pm. Also Thursday by appointment only.

Further information can be found at


Careers Support

In addition to support provided as part of your course or by your course tutor, students at Orkney College UHI also have access to specialist careers services:

For those studying HNC and above, the UHI Careers and Employability Centre offer services to all university students, and to graduates within two years of graduating. All services are free, confidential and impartial. To get in touch visit UHI Career Centre.

For students studying Further Education qualifications such as NCs or SVQs, then Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work can provide you with a wide range of employability information or you can call by the Skills Development Scotland Centre on Albert Street, Kirkwall and ask to speak to an adviser.

If you’re unsure of who to contact you can also get in touch with Ewan Kennedy, Promotion and Student Facilities Officer, who can help guide you in the right direction.


Before you enrol on a course of study through Orkney College UHI, you should also think about how you will fund your studies.  It is important that you have submitted your application for fees and any personal financial support you may be entitled to.

If you are unsure of what funding is available speak with our Finance Administrator who can advise you of the kinds of funding available and how you apply for them.

Please remember that the information in this section is just a guide, and because you may not be eligible for some types of funding, you should get advice about your own circumstances.

For information on Discretionary and Childcare funds, follow this link.

We provide support for all of our students as well as people thinking about coming to college, so throughout your studies here you can get information, advice and guidance.

Contact details:
Tel:  01856 569202
In Person:  Mon-Thurs (9am – 5pm)

Related Documents

All documents are available in PDF format from the links below.


Related Documents on External Websites


External Links


There are many scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries available to our students through the university. Visit here to find out more.

It may also be worth checking with your local Community Council or Development Trust as they sometimes have funding available to support students.

St. Andrews and Deerness Community Council Financial Assistance

St Andrews & Deerness Community Council has received funds from the Ayrenergy Ltd Fund for the benefit of the community of St Andrews and Deerness.  The Community Council has approved that an education grant should be established to provide assistance for students undertaking further education, whose main residence is within the parsh of St Andrews or Deerness.  The deadline for receipt of applications for assistance for the 2017/18 year is Monday 21 August 2017

For further information, please contact the Clerk detailed below:

St Andrews & Deerness Community Council

Mrs J Lennie, Clerk, Nearhouse, Tankerness, Orkney, KW17 2QT



Tel: 01856 861 248

Grant Criteria

Application form