The UCLan Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team are continuing to provide support for students.

If you would like to access support, please complete our online referral form which can be found here. Alternatively, you can contact the wellbeing team on 01772 893020 or by emailing Wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk 

Please be aware that our telephone, voicemail and email are monitored from 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday and from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, and we will respond to any emails and messages as soon as possible. 

If you have an emergency that requires immediate assistance from UCLan, please contact UCLan Security, who work collaboratively with our On Call Managers, on 01772 892068, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion.

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.

It involves all unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature and ranges from pinching, embracing, groping and kissing, to rape and serious sexual assault which involves penetration without consent.


A person must have the capacity to give free agreement. Capacity is based on the person:

  • Being the right age
  • Being sober
  • Having the mental and physical ability to freely agree
  • Not being threatened or afraid of harm
  • Not being detained against their will

Tea and Consent

Thames Valley Police put together a video to highlight the issue of consent by comparing sex to drinking a cup of tea. The video is simple, effective and at times quite funny and provides clear instructions as to what constitutes sexual consent. Have a look at the video below:

Find out more

  • Citizens Advice. Provide information on rape and sexual assault
  • Rape Crisis. Provide information on the different types of sexual violence.

There are two ways you can tell us what happened