The Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) offers a range of services to support and ensure that the learning, study and well being needs of the student are met. We are committed to an environment that is welcoming, safe, inclusive and respectful for students and staff. Services at our teaching institutions are built around the location of the college and their study program.
In general, SCD students can expect to find the below services at all its colleges
Each college has facilities tailored to its campus but access to WiFi, computers, study spaces, library, leisure spaces and kitchenette should be available across all.
Accommodation on site is available to all students (domestic and international) in most campuses. This allows students to save time as they have easy access to classrooms, library and other onsite facilities.
Student Support Officer
The Student Support Officer, usually the Registrar of your college, is there to assist all students with admission and ongoing study needs and queries. The Student Support Officer is the point of contact to assist students with:
- study information
- enrolment advice
- security and safety concerns
- health services information
- counselling / chaplaincy services information
- legal services information
- harassment / inappropriate behavior reporting
- hazard and critical incident reporting
- health and safety policies and procedures
Study can be challenging. Time pressures, living away from home, new environment, study load, technology challenges and many other factors can overwhelm us. Counselling services within the colleges are there to help students find the support they need.
Pastoral care is the backbone of our colleges. Chaplaincy services and dedicated staff are available to help students with their spiritual journey and to provide counsel. SCD teaching faculty are research-active and experienced, but are also practitioners actively engaged in local ministry, often ordained ministers.
Colleges have chapel and worship spaces where students partake in regular worship services that may be part of the curriculum. Students can use the spaces for personal devotional time and/or for group devotions. Chapels have musical instruments that can be used for praise and worship.
Colleges are engaged with the wider community through their affiliated church, partnerships with organisations and other colleges, and academic and social programs. Students may have an opportunity to participate in activities and thereby engage in a discourse with an extended community to build relationships and networks for good academic and social outcomes. Colleges hold symposiums, conferences, workshops and other similar activities that are academically stimulating and provide a platform for students to engage with people from around the globe who have similar interests.
Academic learning support
Lecturers, librarians and other staff are available to provide ongoing academic support to all students. Online tutorials and workshops provide additional anytime support through a students Learning Management System (LMS). Students have access to Studiosity, an online one-on-one out of hours student support service to assist students with their written work. Students can access Studiosity 24/7 on-demand to get help with academic literacy skills.
Mental health support
Sydney College of Divinity students can access TalkCampus, an app that provides support for mental health. TalkCampus is a safe social network instantly connecting students with the right people any time of day in a safe, effective and encouraging environment.