The Student Relations Manager (SRM) is the on campus counsellor, a registered health professional tasked with promoting the holistic development of students at Varsity College. The SRM’s focus is on the key areas of trauma support, student wellbeing, citizenship and community engagement. The SRM is assisted by members of the VC Cares Committee, the team responsible for VC Cares, Varsity College's student volunteer body.
Trauma Support: Occasionally students find themselves in crises, struggling to deal with relationship or family challenges or even grappling with issues that might include drug or alcohol addiction, pregnancy fears, study stress, gender issues or concerns about HIV/AIDS. Whatever the challenge, having somebody to talk to can make a world of difference to your personal wellbeing. Your SRM is this person, a qualified counsellor who will listen, understand and treat your discussions in total confidence. Student wellbeing: In addition to one-on-one consultations with those experiencing personal difficulties, the SRM is responsible for the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of all students on campus.
Students are encouraged to participate in monthly awareness campaigns that address important issues such as substance abuse, physical and mental health, family matters, gender issues and the environment. The SRMs also run mentorship programmes and life skills workshops such as VC101 that prepare students for the tertiary environment and the Girltalk Programme, where female students discuss women’s issues. Through such support measures, and by tending to the social and emotional aspects of life, we aim to better equip you with crucial life skills that will help you thrive personally - not only as a student, but also in society.