'Puppy room' at the University of York to relieve students' exam stress

York Press: Nottingham Trent University has successfully used a ‘puppy room’ scheme to relieve students’ exam stress – and now it’s coming to York Nottingham Trent University has successfully used a ‘puppy room’ scheme to relieve students’ exam stress – and now it’s coming to York

MAN’s best friend could soon be helping smooth the way to exam success for stressed out York students.

As crunch exam time looms, they find themselves pining for home and worrying they will flunk crucial papers.

The University of York is set to become one of the first in the country to open a “puppy room” where members can unwind by fussing over the pets.

The scheme has already been a success in repairing frayed nerves among members of Nottingham Trent University preparing for end of year tests.

Now the University of York’s Halifax College is aiming to open its own puppy room to sooth undergraduates and postgraduates.

The student association’s Sponsorship Officer Rachel Smith said one idea was to use trainee guide dogs for the blind so they could get used to human contact.

Rachel continued: “The idea has gone down really well among the students. Everyone gets very tense because of exam stress.

“This would be chance for everyone to put the pressures of revision aside, chill out, stop panicking about the weeks ahead, have a break in a relaxing atmosphere and unwind.”

The aim is to have the dogs in place by May 19, ready for the three weeks of exams which follow.

The Vice-President of Welfare Jessica Smith, said: “Every year has end of year exams – not just finals. It is very difficult for the first years – they tend to panic.

“The aim would be to have a controlled environment in which the students could hug and play and have physical contact with the puppies.

“At the moment, we put on free food events through the exam season to encourage students to take a break and remember to eat because they become so single-minded about getting good results.

“This would provide a comfortable atmosphere with free food to relax with other people because the other problem about revision is that it can be quite lonely.”Anyone who can help can contact Rachel via rs1018@york.ac.uk

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1:56pm Fri 2 May 14

You're_all_idiots says...

The place has gone to the dogs...

The place has gone to the dogs... [sorry] You're_all_idiots
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1:56pm Fri 2 May 14

You're_all_idiots says...

They're barking up the wrong tree with that idea....
They're barking up the wrong tree with that idea.... You're_all_idiots
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8:46pm Fri 2 May 14

jumbojet says...

You're_all_idiots wrote:
The place has gone to the dogs...

'Gone to the dogs'. Have you ever read such rubbish in your life, poor little students need to calm themselves before exams, let us hope they don't go on to important jobs, with stress a full part of ones day, or night, the wimps will be petrified. Must tell the old Lancaster boys how exams are now done in the 21st century, and ask if they were suitably calmed with a military alsation, plus man, giving them a send off to Berlin
[quote][p][bold]You're_all_idiots[/bold] wrote: The place has gone to the dogs... [sorry][/p][/quote]'Gone to the dogs'. Have you ever read such rubbish in your life, poor little students need to calm themselves before exams, let us hope they don't go on to important jobs, with stress a full part of ones day, or night, the wimps will be petrified. Must tell the old Lancaster boys how exams are now done in the 21st century, and ask if they were suitably calmed with a military alsation, plus man, giving them a send off to Berlin jumbojet
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1:01am Sun 4 May 14

sniper 9964 says...

Oh for god sake. May be if they spent less time on the lash and more time working on their education ?
Oh for god sake. May be if they spent less time on the lash and more time working on their education ? sniper 9964
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