If you think you need additional support with your studies please contact us prior to starting your programme and we will offer all the advice and guidance you need. We also offer screening for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Scotopic Sensitivity which are hidden learning disabilities that can inhibit the progression ofsome students.

The UCG has a facility for the visually impaired located within the Learning Resource Centre and staff are always on-hand to assist students. Students with disabilities are supported and given the opportunity to claim the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which is a government fund administered by Student Finance England that can pay for specialist equipment. Our Student Welfare Officers will ensure that you get access to all the equipment and support from staff you need.


The award-winning Little Stars Day Nursery is based on the Nuns Corner campus and caters for children from three months to school age. Our highly-qualified, enthusiastic and friendly team ensure your child’s individual care and learning needs will be nurtured whilst working alongside you.

In the past we have won national awards for our management and relationships with parents which our latest OfSTED report reflects. Visit for more information.


Sometimes new situations and challenges, like coming to UCG, can feel difficult. Our counselling service is here to provide a safe and caring place for you to talk about anything that may be causing you concern.


We are committed to delivering a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. During each term focus topics are offered to all students and a continuous programme of health related advice and guidance is available throughout the year.


UCG is fully committed to providing an environment which will encourage good practice and productive working and learning throughout the Centre. We are also committed to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices as they relate to any employee, student or visitor particularly on the grounds of:

  • Learning difficulty/disability and/or sensory/mobility impairment
  • Gender (including marital status and gender identity)
  • Ethnic or cultural origin
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Socio-economic group
  • Sexual orientation

Progression Coaches

During your time at UCG you will be allocated a Progression Coach. Your Progression Coach is your first point of contact for information, guidance and pastoral support. They have a cross campus working ethos and interact with all teaching and learner services staff to provide a holistic approach in supporting you. With their wide range of knowledge they are able to signpost you to the correct people and services to ensure that you can resolve any issues which may arise. The Progression Coaches are equipped to help you with a wide range of things including:

  • Time management strategies
  • Progression advice
  • UCAS workshops
  • Emotional and pastoral support
  • Mitigating circumstances and long extension applications
  • Student advocacy

Student Union

Our Student Union’s mission is to inform, represent and engage students with the Grimsby Institute Group to enhance the student experience. They seek to assist students, maximise their satisfaction, encourage inclusion and celebrate diversity in a safe, productive, professional and enjoyable environment. For further information on the Student Union team and what they do, please visit their website:

Student reps

Every year you have the opportunity to elect a Student Rep to represent your group. The nominated Rep provides a student voice for anything that directly affects students and the wider running of UCG. It is the responsibility of your Rep to raise issues which may be affecting your studies and overall experience. We hold regular Student Rep meetings where we encourage feedback for both what we are doing well and what we can improve. Your student voice is important to us and having a Rep allows you to influence positive changes.

Academic Achievement Coach

At UCG we understand that the transition to higher education and between levels can be quite daunting, particularly if you are studying a new subject or have had a break from education. To help you overcome any academic barriers we have an Academic Achievement Coach who can support you with your studies. Our Academic Achievement Coach has a depth of knowledge to help you expand your academic skills and enable you to reach your full potential. This support is available to all students throughout the academic year and can be delivered on an individual or group basis.

Disability Officers and Disabled Students Allowance

In addition to our Academic Achievement Coach we also have Disability Officers. Our Disability Officers facilitate support for UCG students who are eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance. You may be eligible for this additional support if you have; a long-term health condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia. The support is assessed on an individual basis so if you would like more information, please contact out Disability Officers.

Learning Centres

At UCG you will have access to all our Learning Resource Centres, this includes the UCG Learning Resource Centre and the Grimsby Institute Learning Resource Centres, which are located at the main Nuns Corner campus and an additional provision on the Nunsthorpe campus on Sutcliffe Avenue. The UCG Learning Resource Centre specifically provides study facilities and resources for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. There is a mixture of study areas with access to PCs and colour printing/copying on both floors. The centre is open 24/7 during term time. A student Wi-Fi system is provided to allow you to work from your own laptops to research online and study.

Employability Officer

Our Employability Officer offers a wide range of employability activities and services to support you during your studies. The service will support you in planning your career, as well as improve your employability skills. Try not to leave your decision until the last minute, develop your employability skills throughout your time at university to give yourself the best possible chance of gaining your dream job. We hope to give you the tools and knowledge to enable you to move into your chosen career through a variety of resources and activities you can access:

  • CV clinics and access to online support to help you improve that all important CV
  • Mock interviews and interview support to help you create a great first impression
  • Themed employability workshops
  • Weekly Labour Market Update - emailed directly to your student email account so you can keep up-to-date with the latest local job vacancies
  • Student Job Shop available to discuss job vacancies and application processes
  • Online employability resources – access to a variety of useful careers information including job vacancy database
  • One-to-one careers appointments
  • Social media awareness sessions – information on how to make the most of online networking opportunities
  • Internship and voluntary opportunities – we have a variety of opportunities available to students. For more information please ask!