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BSMS Student Advice

Student Advice will listen to your concerns, talk through your options and may direct you to specialist services across the wider universities as well as to support available locally. You can talk through anything affecting your ability to thrive on your course, including:

  • health, wellbeing and self-care
  • anxiety and stress-related issues
  • BSMS and university processes (including Additional Considerations)
  • motivation, procrastination and time-management
  • isolation, loneliness and homesickness
  • difficulties with your course - guidance on intermission and withdrawal
  • discrimination, bullying and harassment - reporting and support

Contact us

Please note the Student Advice team only provide support to current students at BSMS. For queries relating to admissions or student life, please contact the Admissions and Widening Participation team above.


Email the team here > 


Black History Month

A message from BSMS Student Advice 

Welcome/welcome back to BSMS! Whether you’ve just started in your first year, or you’re entering your fifth and final year (or somewhere in between) it’s great to have our campuses brimming and buzzing with bodies ahead of another exciting year at BSMS. Our Student Advice team are here to support you throughout your studies, offering advice on anything affecting your ability to thrive on the course. You can contact the team at The BSMS Student Hub opened last academic year, situated in room 337 in the Watson building on the University of Brighton campus. It’s a great place to drop in to have a quick chat about anything that’s on your mind – and sometimes grab a sweet treat too!

October nationally recognises the celebration of Black History Month, and the Student Advice team are recognising and celebrating the month in a variety of ways. Keep your eyes peeled for comms from the team about things they will be doing to mark the month. They have collated a list of resources below:

  • Waterstones have put together a list of both fiction and non-fiction recommended reads >
  • The Tab have sourced all of Brighton’s best Black-owned businesses >
  • Afrori books is a fantastic bookshop based in the heart of Brighton, showcasing Black authors
  • The Feminist Bookshop, also situated in Brighton, has also gathered a list of recommended reads >
  • If you’re more of a watcher than a reader, The Radio Times has put together a recommended watch list of films and tv series
  • The Black Brighton Market is a great place to showcase Black owned businesses across the city
  • Melanin Medics are a not-for-profit charitable organisation that supports both the present and future doctor
  • Are you interested in discovering Brighton and Hove’s Black History? You can find more information here about Brighton’s rich past, and are always looking for local people to help to map out its history.

Meet the team

Introducing the BSMS Student Advice team.


Marie Claire Maude profile photo

   Marie-Claire Maude   
   Student Advice Coordinator


    Monday - Friday




Paul Vigg Profile Photo

   Paul Vigg
   Student Advice Co-ordinator


    Monday - Wednesday




A head and shoulders image of Jessica Daniels from the BSMS student advice team

   Jessica Daniels      
   Student Adviser/Wellbeing Projects Officer


    Monday - Friday




Tabitha Ellwood Profile Photo

   Tabitha Ellwood
   Student Adviser


    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday




A head and shoulders shot of Tania Vaughan from the BSMS student advice team

   Tania Vaughan
   Student Adviser


    Tuesday - Friday




Helen Quin Profile Photo

   Helen Quin
   Student Adviser


    Monday - Wednesday




Jon Mason

   Jon Mason
   Student Adviser






Sarah Hobson profile image

   Sarah Hobson
   Student Adviser


    Monday - Wednesday (currently on maternity leave)




Lizzy Pennock Profile Photo

   Lizzy Pennock
   Student Adviser 


    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday



Bullying and harassment – anonymous reporting tool

BSMS is committed to challenging all forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage students to report incidents they have experienced or witnessed.

Students can use the bullying and harassment anonymous reporting tool below or can contact the Student Advice team to speak to a Welfare Adviser. If you are not sure which course of action to take, please consult the flowchart on the reporting webpage below. 

View the reporting tool here >


Confidentiality statement 

Everything a student discusses with a member of Student Advice will normally remain confidential within the Student Advice Team. The team (including the Director/Deputy Directors) may discuss your case in order to plan how best to assist you. In some circumstances, to facilitate support for your studies, or where there is a concern for your own health and safety or that of others (including Fitness to Practise) or because of a legal requirement, it may be necessary to speak to colleagues in the school or universities. Where this would involve sharing sensitive personal information, we would seek to discuss this with you beforehand where possible, and info will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. To help us support you now and in the future we keep a record of contacts we have had with you while providing your support, these records are held securely by the Student Advisers.