Student Welfare

How to get in touch

You will find the team at the Blenheim Walk building, Mondays to Fridays from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Alternatively, call 0113 202 8111 or get in touch via the Contact Us form. A direct number and an email address for the team members appears below.

You can also see us at the City Centre building in Vernon Street from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, except Wednesday when we close at 12.30pm.

What does the Student Welfare Team do?

They're here to help potential and enrolled students make the most of their time at the University, by offering impartial and confidential information, advice and guidance.

Please feel free to contact them at any time, from before you decide to apply right through to when you’re studying with us, to discuss your needs or any queries you may have. Prospective students often have questions about finances, accommodation and qualifications; when it comes to details about the courses themselves, the team can put you in touch with the relevant teaching staff.

What is available?

The Student Welfare Team offers information, advice and guidance on a wide variety of subjects, including:

Team members:

You can contact the team via phone on 0113 202 8111

Katrina Welsh, Head of Student Support

Jackie Groves, Student Support & Welfare Manager

Deborah Powell, Student Welfare Advisor

Kate Parker, Student Welfare Advisor

Elizabeth Crickmore, Student Welfare Advisor

Nicola Sheehan Psychotherapist (UCKP Accred), Student Counsellor and Welfare Officer

Ann Von Leonhout, Mental Heath Advisor

For the Students Union contact:

Emma Cook, Student Liaison Officer

Call 0113 202 8296 or email:

Welfare and financial guidance

The term 'welfare' covers a range of issues relating to awards and grants, social security benefits and health; in fact, anything which may affect your well-being or prevent you from making the most of your time at the University. Speaking with someone in Student Welfare may make your difficulties easier to resolve.

Personal counselling

Counselling and therapy can help when you are feeling anxious, angry, overwhelmed and confused, sad or just ‘not yourself’. The process can help with how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others.

Sessions last for 45 mins and are usually weekly or fortnightly. Call for an initial chat and we can arrange our first meeting.

Both our counsellors are professionally trained and have extensive experience at working with students and belong to relevant counselling/therapy professional bodies.


Nicola Sheehan; 0113 202 8257 /
or Ann Trusson; 0113 202 8254 /
To book an appointment or an initial chat, or drop into Student Welfare. 

Care Leavers and Looked-After Young People

Leeds Arts University is committed to supporting young people from a care background going on to study at the University. Further details can be found through the following link.