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Christmas on campus

02 Dec 2020

Students socialising in accommodation

For those of you who are staying on or near campus this Christmas holiday period, we’ve got some great activities for you to get involved in and we’ll also be here to help, advise and support you, if you need us.

While there may be limited opportunities to physically gather together, due to the pandemic, we’ve got various things going on that will keep you entertained and give you the chance to stay in touch with other students. Below is a selection of the activities and services available and we'll be adding more details to this page in the run up to the Christmas holiday.

The Students’ Union

Check out the Students’ Union’s dedicated events site Native for a variety of online events that you can log into from your flat or house. From crafts, to virtual escape rooms, to a festive disco bingo and more, you’ll find something fun to get involved in. Get everyone in your household or bubble to join in!

Come and celebrate Christmas Eve with the University and the Students’ Union as we host a traditional Christmas dinner in Harrington Social Space from 12pm – 3pm on Thursday 24 December. Book your free ticket now.

As a special Christmas gift, you can also pick up a free Christmas on campus goody bag from the Students' Union between 14 and 18 December.

Get to know the people around you by downloading the Umii App. It’s a great way to see who at UCLan is around and shares the same interests as you. All you need to do is select your interests, build your profile, and introduce yourself to your matches. There is also a range of mental health and wellbeing information. Download the app through the Apple or Google Play store.

Making a Christmas bubble with friends

The UK Government has advised that you can form a ‘Christmas bubble’ of people from no more than three households between 23 and 27 December so that you can be together with some friends during those five days. Further advice on this is available at GOV.UK

Services available at the University over the Christmas period include:

The Library

The Preston Campus Library will continue to be open 24/7 until Saturday 12 December when it will open 7am – 7pm. The Library will only be closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January for the Christmas holidays. You can view the opening hours on the Library Student Support page.

The Burnley Campus Library is open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm until Friday 18 December when it will close for the Christmas period. It will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 4 January. You can view the opening hours on the Burnley Campus Library Student Support page.

You can contact security by calling 01772 892068, emailing or using the the SafeZone app if you need assistance or need to report something.

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre is open 7.30am until 7pm until Monday 21 December. If you’re not already a member, all UCLan students based at Preston Main Campus are entitled to free membership. You can also workout anytime, anywhere by downloading the new UCLan My Wellness app. Create an account and download the app for hundreds of on demand and live virtual fitness classes, training advice, activity challenges, programmes, an activity tracker and more.

Student Support Services

Throughout the festive period, the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team are continuing to provide support for students, but with some changes to opening hours. The service will be operating as normal up to Monday 21 December and will then be open from 10am – 2pm from Tuesday 22 December until Sunday 3 January except for 25 and 26 December and 1 January when it will be closed.

If you need support from the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team please complete our online referral form.

If you have any questions, please email Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01772 893020. Both email and voicemail will be monitored during opening hours.

If you have an emergency that requires immediate assistance from UCLan, please contact UCLan Security, who work collaboratively with our On Call Managers, on 01772 892068, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre

If you require access to the Oasis facilities over the Christmas period, please contact safety and security on 01772 892068.

Useful extra support

If you do need extra support over the Christmas period, here are a few useful contact details and advice services:

  • UCLan Medical Centre.  Call 01772 214800 
  • Preston Crisis Home Treatment Team on 01772 773433
  • UCLan Headroom. This site gives practical information and links to support you with various issues you may be facing such as addiction, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm.
  • HAVEN - Visit, call or email with no appointments needed. Call 0300 008 3672 Monday – Friday, 11am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-11pm. Email or visit The Haven, Blanche Street, PR2 2RL. HAVEN offers a calm environment for anyone seeking emotional support and advice.
  • Mental Health Helpline on 0800 9154640. Available Monday - Friday 7pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-12am. The helpline is a listening, information and emotional support service for those concerned about their own mental health, or that of someone they know.
  • NHS non-emergency direct line on 111
  • The Samaritans on 116123 (No dial code required) or text 07725909090
  • PAPYRUS HOPELine UK on 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209697, email HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling and to anyone who is concerned about a young person.
  • Preston Domestic Violence Service on 01772 201601 (24hr service)
  • No Panic on 0844967 4848, 10am-10pm. The help line is answered by trained volunteers to give out information, show empathy and support for people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders.
  • SAFE Centre on 01772 523344 (24hr service). The SAFE Centre offers medical examination, advice and support to women, men and children who have experienced sexual assault.
  • Food Bank - The Salvation Army, Harrington Street, Preston PR1 7BN, Tel: Dr Alex Cadogan 01772 555425
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - suicide prevention campaign for men.
  • Lancashire County Council - Your Health and Wellbeing – offers advice on staying mentally well, including mental health resources, sleeping well, reducing stress, memory loss, dementia and five ways to manage wellbeing.