A new year and new possibilities for students at University of Waterloo

Waterloo students walking in winter term

Happy New Year and welcome back to the thousands of you who start classes this week. The start of a new year and a new term offers an ideal opportunity to frame how and where you want to succeed.

We want to start the year with a number of exciting, new support services for our students and I am proud to be offering the highest level of support seen at our University to date.

“The Centre” Opens in Needles Hall

Needles Hall has recently gone through extensive renovations to create The Centre that will transform the student experience at Waterloo. The Centre consolidates the student-facing services of the Registrar’s Office, Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs and Student Awards & Financial Aid into one space.

The streamlining of services will also include the addition of the Student Success Office, WatPD/EDGE and Service Canada services soon - vastly improving the student experience of accessing these vital services at one location.

We made these changes after listening to our undergraduate and graduate students to learn and understand how we can better serve you and make your experience less stressful and seamless.

The Centre is currently open with Grand Opening events scheduled for January 30, 2019.

Campus Wellness and Student Mental Health Developments

As I am sure you heard last year, the University continues to take steps to improve our student mental health supports and services through the implementation of the Committee on Student Mental Health’s (CoSMH) 36 recommendations. Fifty percent of the recommendations are now either completed or in the process of being implemented showing strong progress in less than a year.

We know that it is not possible to fully eliminate the stresses in our lives, but we can build an environment that removes undue barriers and provide services to our students and training for our faculty and staff to create a supportive and attentive community that puts the success of our students first. I am glad to see that we are close to building such an environment every day.

This past year was filled with so many significant milestones for the University of Waterloo, but what makes the year a positive one is the continued growth and success of our students. This year will be no different. The progress we’ve made is only the beginning. We can and will do more to support our students every step of the way.

Welcome back!

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