Student Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. You have registered your interest with us, what happens next?
A. Click here to see our Student Pathway

Q. Is this like going back to school or college?
A. The Recovery College is based on college principles but uses courses that have been designed and are delivered jointly by people with lived experience of mental health problems, carers and people who work and volunteer in mental health services. Recovery is at the very heart of all our courses. You are in control and can choose the course or courses that are of interest to you and that will help you on your recovery journey.

Q. How will the Recovery College monitor my learning?
A. Every new student will be supported to develop an Individual Learning Plan upon enrolling, which will be reviewed during your studying and after graduation. This is essential to help you to monitor your own learning and see your progression towards achieving the goals you identified.

Q. What is the cost of courses?
A. There is currently no charge for courses.

Q. Will I need to bring books and other equipment?
A. The college and course tutors will provide materials needed. Although it may be helpful to you to bring a notebook and pen and perhaps a folder to keep your notes in.

Q. Do I have to attend every session?
A. It is really important for you to attend all the sessions for your course. We do understand that there are sometimes unexpected events or emergencies and in these instances, we ask that you contact the Recovery College and let us know with at least 24h notice that you won’t be attending. If you miss several sessions, we will offer an opportunity to meet and discuss any possible issues that may be preventing you from learning on that particular course.

Q. What can I hope to get out of coming to the Recovery College?
A. The Recovery College courses are designed to help develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of students about recovery, mental health, living well and education. This may be a stepping stone to other opportunities and may also be an important part of your personal and professional development.

Q. I care for somebody who has mental health challenges – can I attend courses?
A. The Recovery College acknowledges and understands the importance of carers, family and friends. Some of our courses have been co-developed and delivered by carers. You just enrol at the Recovery College as normal.

Q. I have some physical and learning problems. Will I still be able to do courses?
A. Yes. We have learning environments that are accessible and we are inclusive. If you have concerns please tell us when you first contact the college. A tutor will work with you to develop an Individual Learning Plan which will also look at agreeing on support and discussing learning needs.

Q. Do I need to be referred to the college?
A. No. It is your decision entirely to make contact with the Recovery College to express an interest in courses and become a student, and for you to determine the course or courses you would like to do.

Q. Who can access the Recovery College?
A. You can enrol at the college if you are a person who uses mental health services, if you are a carer, friend or family of a person who uses services, or if you are a volunteer or employee of a mental health service provider.

Access / Equality Diversity

Please Note: All Oxfordshire Recovery College courses & workshops are free of charge

All courses and workshops are open to adults who are over the age of 18 who are either:

  • Individuals who access mental health services in Oxfordshire
  • Carers, Family or Friends of our Students
  • Volunteers and staff of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership organisations

Our aim is to provide an accessible and inclusive learning environment for all students at the Recovery College and we are committed to providing accessible services across all our training venues. Please let us know of any learning, mobility or sensory challenges when registering so we can do everything possible to ensure your time at the college is both rewarding and successful.

You will, at all times be respected as an individual. All who participate in the college through learning, tuition, management or support are treated equally regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, mobility, religion or beliefs.

If you need any support with learning or health challenges before the start of your course, you can discuss this with us. This can either be done through your Individual Learning Plan or through a discussion with the College Co-ordinator or a Tutor when you enrol.

Learning Support

We will provide you with information and guidance about all our courses and their content. We will also work with you to create your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) prior to starting as a student at the Recovery College. We will review this with you each term, to ensure you get the most from our courses and workshops.

Student Charter

Our Commitment to you before you become a Student of the Recovery College:

  • We will deal with your enquiries in an efficient, professional and friendly manner
  • We will provide information, guidance and advice on courses and programmes of study

Your Commitment to us before you become a Student of the Recovery College:

  • You will make the most of the opportunities to research what the College has to offer
  • You will ask us to clarify or explain anything you are not sure about

Our Commitment to you throughout your time as a Student at the Recovery College:

  • Provide you with a warm and professional welcome at all times
  • Provide information explaining what your course will offer
  • Ensure courses/workshops are of a high quality and promote hope, opportunity and control
  • Offer advice and guidance on learning and study skills and the use of learning resources
  • Provide tutorial support that will help you monitor and review your progress
  • Devise well planned timetables that will, where possible, take your needs into consideration
  • Provide support for your specific needs if you tell us about a disability or learning difficulty
  • Provide advice about the progression routes open to you on completion of your course, such as choosing another course, attending college or university, volunteering, becoming a peer tutor or looking for employment
  • Provide a safe and healthy study environment
  • Provide an environment free from discrimination
  • Respect your personal beliefs, religious and cultural practices and traditions
  • Provide ongoing opportunities to express your views of the College and its services without fear of recrimination

Your Commitment to us throughout your time as a Student at the Recovery College:

  • To attend the College Induction and Individual Learning Plan meeting prior to attending courses at the college
  • To respect the individual rights of all members of the College
  • To consider the convenience of all students of the College by observing the Student Code of Conduct
  • To take an active part in your own learning and use the resources made available to you
  • To provide us with the information that we need to support your enrolment and ongoing learning
  • To communicate your wishes as to how we can support your well-being whilst attending courses/ workshops
  • To advise us of things that may be preventing you from getting the most out of your learning experience
  • To attend courses punctually

Student Code of Conduct

It is important that we ensure that every student’s experience at the College is enriching and positive.

The Code of Conduct is a guide to highlight our expectations of students at the College in order that we may help you to achieve success in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

As a student of the College we expect you to:

  • Behave in a responsible manner that fosters mutual respect and understanding between all members of the College
  • Respect the rights, life choices and opinions of others
  • Not to behave in a way that may be considered threatening or disruptive, or that is likely to lead to physical or emotional harm to any students or Tutors
  • Behave in a way that does not prevent or disrupt learning or other activities
  • Not to use violent, disorderly or offensive behaviour or language
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol or illicit substances while attending the Recovery College

We all have a responsibility to ensure that this Code of Conduct is respected and adhered to. Please do approach College staff if you have any concerns.

If we feel you have breached this Code of Conduct, we will discuss this with you and work towards finding a way forward.


During the registration and enrolment process, students are asked to provide personal information and to agree to the purposes for which it may be used.

Information that will be passed to Tutors:

  • Student’s name
  • Support learning needs
  • A copy of the student’s Individual Learning Plan
  • Student’s phone number in case of an emergency
  • Details of a named person to contact in an emergency

Please note that student’s health records are not accessible to course Tutors.

During the workshops, students do not have to mention anything at all about their professional life, history or mental health problems.  If students do share anything this will be treated in confidence unless the Tutors assesses that someone’s safety is at risk.

In line with the Data Protection Act (1998), any student may request to view information held about them by the Recovery College.


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