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Student Services (The POD)

Your ‘one stop shop’ for outstanding support

The POD can be found at the front of the Balliol building and is home to the services that ensure your time at Hugh Baird College is all you want it to be.

Our friendly and experienced Student Services team can provide you with support and information on many areas such as:

The Retention & Progression Team

The Retention and Progression Co-ordinators work alongside The Student Services Team to support and help you whilst you are at College, ensuring that you realise your full potential. The team are available to:

  • Find the right course to enable you to follow your dream career
  • Discuss any personal or social problems or worries that are affecting you
  • Help you find the right university
  • Help you with UCAS application
  • Work with you on getting your CV up to date and ready for employers
  • Research possible employers and help get your career started


The College offers professional and confidential support to all students experiencing personal and life challenges. The Counselling service offers students the opportunity to talk freely and privately about problems in a relaxed setting with our College Counsellor.

Health & Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing Services are delivered by a number of external agencies who work in partnership with the College Health and Wellbeing Coordinator. As an organisation, we have achieved Healthy College status, and are working towards and Anti-bullying Award called BIG. The Health and Wellbeing service provides access to a drop-in service and enrichments sessions covering:

  • Anti-bullying
  • Sexual health and wellbeing
  • C – Card registration (condom pickup service)
  • Substance misuse
  • Smoking cessation
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Positive Lifestyle Choices
  • Personal and community safety
  • Values and citizenship
  • Reducing food waste

Student Council

Have your say by becoming part of our influential Student Council. We value the opinions of our students and we encourage them to get involved in improving the College by providing feedback. Two Student Governors are also voted to represent learners’ views on the College Governing Body.

Student Ambassadors

If you decide to join us, we’re sure you’ll enjoy College life so why not tell others about it by becoming a Student Ambassador. Every year, we recruit a group of students to help us with different projects.

You’ll work at College events, we’ll ask for your opinion on marketing campaigns and we’ll ask you to comment in press releases. You could even be the star of our next advertising campaign! Ask your Personal Tutor for more details.