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Pastoral support: student views

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Publication date8/03/2024
Host publicationHow to Offer Effective Wellbeing Support to Law Students
EditorsLydia Bleasdale
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages20
ISBN (electronic)9781803920801
ISBN (print)9781803920795
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Pastoral support is increasingly a part of our role as academics. However, what effective pastoral support looks like lacks clarity. The following chapter explores student perspectives on pastoral support. These views were gathered through a series of focus groups with Law School Students from throughout the UK. It explores themes such as community and relationship building, adopting a personalised approach, and the connection(s) between the academic and pastoral. In considering student perspectives on pastoral support, it also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we can do to offer more effective support and acknowledges some of the barriers faced by students. It also emphasises the importance of knowing our limits, signposting, and ensuring that we in turn seek support.