Information for Parents & Carers
Starting university is a big step in students’ lives, but we understand that it can mean many changes for the family too. This page will provide you with relevant information to help your son/daughter when they start at Richmond.
If you have any questions about moving in, orientation or just need to talk, please contact our Student Affairs team.
January 2023 – key dates in the University calendar which may be useful
|Undergraduates||Tuesday 10 January – Friday 13 January 2023||Orientation, Registration for New Students|
|Monday 16 January 2023||First day of classes|
|Postgraduates||Friday 27 January 2023||Orientation, Registration for New Students|
|Monday 30 January 2023||First day of classes|
New Students’ Family Q&A Session
Are you supporting a family member joining us? We will be holding a Q& A session before the start of next semester to find out more about how you can help your student get ready for Richmond. In the session, the team will cover important information about Orientation, the start of classes, and living away from home, as well as taking questions from attendees.
More detailed information on the University academic calendar can be found here.
Keeping students informed
Communications from the University will be sent to students, our primary contacts
University not only prepares students academically, but also it also helps them build confidence in important soft skills such as: organisation, time management, problem-solving, communications, resiliency, independence, and more. These are all important skills to future internship providers and employers!
With this in mind, we think students taking the lead with their Richmond journey is an important step.
Parental involvement and support
We do though, of course, welcome parent involvement and support. If you’re interested in knowing what is happening with Orientation, upcoming events and general university news, here are some ways you can stay in the loop:
- Speaking to the student in your life and encouraging them to check their email. We find many students are not used to checking their email regularly. Encouraging them to check their inbox and discussing any upcoming deadlines/events is a good way to stay looped in while also helping them develop this important skill. During term time, we also send students a weekly e-newsletter with important announcements, events information and more!
- If you are the parent of an incoming student, visit the Orientation pages of the website. Prior to Orientation week, we host Pre-Orientation Webinars and during Orientation week we also host a Parent’s Session. Information about these sessions will be posted on this page in the lead-up to the next Orientation.
- Our social media – follow our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out the latest University news and events
How to contact the University
We welcome any parent questions or concerns!
For personal discussions regarding your son or daughter, please contact Student Affairs.
- Please note that we cannot talk to parents about the specifics of their children’s academic progress or anything else relating to their children unless the students sign the Permission to Release Confidential Information form
Who can help if I have a question?
Please see our information below on who to contact at the University about a specific question or topic.
Subject area of your question
Who to contact
|Registry Services||Academic enquiries, questions about a student’s schedule, registering for courses, academic probations and grade appeals, transfer credits, transcript requests, email@example.com|
|Student Affairs||Orientation, student life and activities, visa questions (once a student is on campus), pastoral care issues, support with life in London, careers & internships service, additional needs enquiries and firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Residence Life||Student accommodation||Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice-President for Student Affairs, email@example.com|
|Finance||Payments, refunds, tuition and fee queries. Questions specifically about Financial Aid & Scholarships should go to Jason Elliotfirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|
|Admissions||Applying to Richmond, questions on visas, fees and funding (prior to your arrival to campus)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Recruitment||Tours of campus/visiting email@example.com|
Support for parents
Parents Facebook Group
Join the Richmond Parents Facebook group to meet other families, share tips, and ask questions.
Support for students – safety and general facilities on campus
What food is available on campus?
Both our main campus building in Chiswick Park for undergraduates and our Kensington facility for postgraduates, are ideally situated for students to have easy access to a wide range of options nearby for food, including supermarkets, retail stores, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Can you tell me more about the accommodation?
Our recommended location for managed student accommodation is at iQ Haywood House in West Hampstead, see our website page for more details.
Can you tell me how my son/daughter will get a key card?
New students are given a personalised key card on arrival at the campus.
Prior to arriving at Richmond, we encourage all new students to send a copy of a recent passport size photo in jpeg format to Admissions in order to process their ID cards. The photos must show a close-up of students’ full head and shoulders. It must be only of the student with no other objects or people, facing forwards and looking straight at the camera. The photo must meet our standards or the photo will be rejected and students will be required to resubmit a new image.
To speed things up on Orientation day, students can use the following web application to take a passport photo www.epassportphoto.com. Once the photos are ready, they should be saved as a jpeg file with the student’s full name and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What free support/services are available at the University for my son/daughter?
At our campus facility in Chiswick Park they will find:
- Free WiFi throughout the campus
- Unlimited printing
- IT labs
- Campus events and activities
- Free, confidential counselling services
- Personal Academic Advisor
- Peer mentoring scheme
- Peer tutoring scheme
- Library and quiet zones for study
- Career services through personal development seminars, leadership opportunities, work experience, volunteering
The majority of these services are also available to postgraduates based at our Kensington facility.
Who should I contact when things go wrong?
Our Student Affairs team should be contacted if you have any concerns about your son/daughter or would like to ask any questions on student life. They can be reached at: email@example.com
Richmond offers confidential counselling services to all students at both London sites.
Counselling sessions can be booked directly through our Counsellors in Chiswick Park or Kensington.
Please see our website for more information on healthcare and counselling.