Under Pressure


Imperial College Union understands that sometimes stress is unavoidable. The Under Pressure campaign aims to give students strategies for coping during periods of heightened stress. 

Stress, Work and more Stress?!

Imperial College is a high-performing and fast paced environment. Often students think the amount of work they have and the level of stress they are under is normal for anybody completing a degree and university. Whilst there will always be some stress associated with studying, Under Pressure looks to help students understand how to combat overwhelming stress, effectively time manage and learn how to have a healthy work-life balance.

The transition to university can be a very difficult and uncertain one but Imperial College Union is here to help!

The Campaign

Every year Imperial College Union runs its Under Pressure campaign in the lead up to exams. In December, students across the institution enjoyed free massages, meditation & mindfulness sessions, arts & crafts and games during our campaign week, taking some time out of their days to rest, relax and refocus.

We have some resources that are available on our website for your to download and help you combat stress. Check out our top 10 stress busters and tips for effective revision strategies, you can download the PDF on the right! There is also a meal planner template to help you pre-plan healthy, balanced meals during those weeks when you're busy working away and revising, download the PDF on the right!

What's On?

Every day we will be at the JCR between 12:00 - 14:00 with lunchtime giveaways. Come say hi to the team, take a goody bad and learn how to be less stressed! 

Monday 26 February

Under Pressure @ Charing Cross, 11:00 - 15:30 (Reynolds Bar, Charing Cross

Meditation (Christian Traditions), 13:05 - 13:35 (Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens)

Tuesday 27 February

Free Massages at South Kensington, 11:00 - 13:30 (SAF Foyer)

Mindfulness Meditation, 12:05 - 12:50 (Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens)

Free Massages at Charing Cross, 14:30 - 17:00 (Reynolds Bar)

Thursday 1 March

Under Pressure Fairground, 11:00 - 15:30 (Queen's Lawn)

Friday 2 March

Relaxation arts & crafts, 11:30 - 13:30 (Metric, Beit Quad)

Smoothie making, 11:30 - 13:30 (Metric, Beit Quad)

Meditation (Buddhist Traditions), 13:00 - 13:50 (Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens)


Looking for help or advice?

ICU Advice Centre offers free, impartial advice on any academic and non-academic issues.

Student Counselling and Mental Health Service offers free and confidential brief counselling to Imperial students and support for students who have had, or are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Student Space provides advice, information and tools to help students on their university journey at Imperial and signposts where to get appropriate support if needed.