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The Students’ Welfare Division functions as an interface between students and the Central and Faculty Administrations. It forms a major link between the University Administration and the University of Guyana Students’ Society. Students are given the opportunity to express their viewpoints to the University Administration on matters that concern their physical, emotional and social well-being. The Students’ Welfare Division’s Guidance and Counseling Services offer students a wide range of mental health services.
Students may also request the following:
- Letters of Identification
- Assistance in obtaining accommodation at the New Building Society Halls of Residence, Turkeyen Campus, or the Dennis Irvine Halls of Residence at Goedverwagting.
- Assistance in arranging job interviews with Corporations and other Agencies.
The Division also functions as a link between the University and donors of prizes and awards.
Guidance and Counselling
The Guidance and Counselling section offers University of Guyana students, faculty and staff free and confidential individual counselling and referrals.
We can help, if…
- you are experiencing difficulty completing your assignments, getting to class on time, or staying awake during lectures.
- you find yourself having difficulty making or keeping friends, are feeling homesick, or are anxious about taking tests.
- financial or family pressures are distracting you from excelling at University.
- you are having difficulties with a significant other.
- you are a victim of crime or abuse.
- you want help in making a big decision or considering a significant lifestyle change.
- You have tried repeatedly to deal with a situation and nothing has changed.
The Students’ Guidance and Counselling Officer is available for consultation by appointment only. Call the Students’ Welfare Division at 222-3593. Staff will assist you without asking for any identifying information, including your name.
The Students' Society
The University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) office is located on the ground floor of the Cafeteria Building, opposite the University Square, Turkeyen Campus.
All students are members of the UGSS and must pay annual dues of $750.00.
Executive members of the Society, including a President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Faculty Representatives are elected annually. These elections are usually held within the first month of the start of classes.
The UGSS is intended to foster and promote social and cultural activities among students on campus, and to attend to the welfare of any member of the student body. UGSS representatives attend meetings of the University Council, Academic Board, Faculty Board and the Students’ Advisory Bureau.
Apart from Classes
In addition to their academic transcripts, students will now be issued with co-curricular transcripts which provide information on extracurricular activities. These include:
Extra curricula activities include the annual interfaculty debating competition conducted by the School of Education and Humanities. The debates are conducted in a very formal atmosphere and are open to all students.
An Inter-Faculty Sports Meeting is held annually and covers a wide range of events which include sprints, long jump, high jump, and other track and field events. There are also a number of inter-faculty and individual competitions that take place during the academic year.
The University also participates in external competitions, both at the national and regional levels, throughout the academic year.
New students are invited to contact the Sports Division (next to the Medical Center) and register for membership with the University’s Teams in Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Basketball and/or Track & Field disciplines.
Students can be involved in extracurricular activities by joining any of the following clubs:
- African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA)
- Basketball Club
- Communication Society
- Cricket Club
- Football Club
- History Society
- Literacy Society
- Music Society
- Pharmacy Society
- The Botany Club
- UG Agriculture Club
- UG Forestry Club
- UG International Affairs Association (UGIAA)
Religious groups include:
- Campus Crusade for Christ
- Hindu Society
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
- Islamic Society
Students (especially at the Berbice Campus) are free to start any other worthwhile activity and should not feel constrained to wait on the academic staff to begin new ventures.
The Medical Centre
A University Medical Centre located on the ground floor of the Cafeteria Building, Turkeyen Campus, offers the following free services, among others, to both students and staff:
- Tetanus Vaccinations
- Family Planning Clinic and Counselling
- Blood Pressure Testing
The Center also runs a pre-natal clinic for expectant mothers on campus.
Opening Hours – Monday – Friday
Semester 08:00 – 12:00 h and 13:00 – 17:00 h
Vacation 09:00 – 17:00 h