As a student of NCPS, you’ll find life on campus can be pretty rewarding. But there may be times when you’re facing challenges that become a little overwhelming. That’s where the Student Support Unit can help. It’s committed to supporting, mentoring and helping you in times of personal or academic difficulty.
The Unit can also help you sort out your career choices, offer advice on employment and training, help you find accommodation, provide legal and financial referrals, and so much more.
It is open to all students, and you can make an appointment or drop by at any time.
Student welfare & counselling support
If at any time you are experiencing personal or academic difficulties, we encourage you to see our Student Support Officer. They’re available on campus every day and will always treat your meeting as highly confidential (unless there is an imminent threat to your life or health, in which case they’ll notify the appropriate authority).
They’ll help you with any concerns, issues or difficulties that you may be having with:
- study or course planning/choices
- career choice and development
- personal finances
- personal issues that may affect your ability to study
- referrals to other services such as legal, medical and accommodation.
- Learning & academic support
At NCPS, we want to provide you with the best opportunity to achieve excellent academic results. Our Student Support Unit is there to help you plan, structure and offer you tips on how to meet your study requirements. They’ll keep an eye on your attendance and will offer you help and support if you’re struggling to attend 80% of classes.
If you find you need further academic support, you can always make an appointment with lecturing and tutoring staff who are happy to help you with your coursework.
The Library is staffed by a qualified and experienced Librarian, a senior Library Assistant and a part-time Library Assistant. The Librarian assists staff and students with reference and research, and Library Assistants help with locating and borrowing research material and general queries. Take advantage of their expertise; they are there to help you and they can find information on most topics.
The Library has approximately 4,000 books relevant to subjects offered at NCPS, and it is constantly purchasing new texts. Up to four copies of all prescribed texts are held in the Library. The collection also includes journals, audio-visual materials, law reports, loose-leaf services, legislation and reference material. The Library has an extensive collection of online resources, including full-text journal articles, case law, legislation, pathfinders and a links page which is maintained by the Librarian on the NCPS website.
Resumes, covering letters & interview skills
As part of the practicum subject NCPS provide an intensive employment support program, which include a series of 'Employment Focus' Workshops covering areas such as:
- interview preparation
- resume development and analysis
- information on voluntary work in relevant fields
- answering your key selection criteria
- writing effective cover letters
We also provide information, advice and activities to help you make choices and decisions about study, employment and career options, and offer guidance on how to develop the skills and attributes you’ll need to become job ready for a career in the criminal justice industry.
Work Placement Program (Practicum)
The work placement program will give you first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in the field and will give you a good, practical grounding for when you graduate. The Student Support Unit will assist you with your placement choice, liaise with your host employer and be in touch with you during your placement period to ensure you are maximising this experience.
Careers advice & workshops
In the third trimester of each year, we hold our annual Careers Day. It’s a great chance for you to meet with employers within the criminal justice industry.
If you’re wondering about career choice, our Student Support Officer is on hand to answer any questions you may have or to put you in contact with relevant employers.
Student and Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC)
The SSCC comprises elected student representatives and NCPS staff. It aims to help to ensure that NCPS delivers a high quality teaching and learning experience to students at NCPS by engaging with students via a formal consultative mechanism. Specifically, the SSCC provides a forum to:
- identify and resolve issues likely to have an impact on learning quality;
- review the effectiveness of the higher education program;
- empower students to give feedback; and
- contribute to the continual quality improvement of the degree.
Student representatives are elected by the student population, with an election held at the beginning of each academic year. Any enrolled student is eligible to stand for election.
The annual ball is a highlight in the NCPS social calendar. Students and staff are invited to get dressed up in their finest, bring along their friends and partners, and have a great night out!